WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Amtrak officials said in a press release on Monday that they would be running trains at 165 miles per hour on Monday night and through next week in four areas as part of a test. Amtrak will be test running trains in Maryland/Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Sometime in the future trains may run through the areas at 160 mph but tests have to be run at 5 mph faster than that, say Amtrak officials. During the tests officials will use "high-speed Acela Express equipment" and "measure the interaction between the train and the track, rider quality and other safety factors," according to the press release. The specific testing area in our area is about 21.3 miles long between Perryville, Md. and Wilmington, Del.
Amtrak officials say the first test run will be in New Jersey (Trenton - New Brunswick, NJ). At the same location, Amtrak is preparing for a $450 million project to upgrade track, power, signal systems and more for improved reliability and rail service. According to officials, some construction will happen next year and the project is expected to be completed in 2017.