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NJ moves to replace key N.E. Corridor rail bridge

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New Jersey has applied for federal funding to replace the 100-year-old, two-track bridge that carries Northeast Corridor trains over the Hackensack River in the Meadowlands, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Nearly 500 Amtrak and NJ Transit trains now use the swing span, known as the Portal Bridge. 

Gov. Corzine’s office says
the application is being made through the federal government’s program to
advance high-speed passenger rail service. It also was developed in
collaboration with other states in the Northeast Corridor, including
Pennsylvania.

The bridge is considered a
chokepoint and expanding it could improve speed and increase capacity on the
line, said N.J. Transit Executive Director Richard Sarles.

No price tag was given for
replacing the bridge.

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