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Amtrak to test trains at 165 MPH in NJ

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An Amtrak commuter train moves through a crossing gate while traveling to Chicago Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) An Amtrak commuter train moves through a crossing gate while traveling to Chicago Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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Amtrak is going to break the speed limit this week on about 100 miles of the Northeast Corridor.
 
The rail service announced Monday it will operate test trains overnight at 165 mph in four stretches from Maryland to Massachusetts.
 
Acela Express equipment will be used for the tests, starting Monday night in New Jersey on a 22.9 mile stretch of track between Trenton and New Brunswick.
 
All the locations may one day have regular 160 mph service. Amtrak says tests need to be performed at 5 mph above what is expected to be a maximum operating speed of 160 mph.
 
Two test locations -- from Perryville, Md., to Wilmington, Del., and from Trenton to New Brunswick, N.J. -- currently have a speed limit of 135 mph. The two others -- in Rhode Island from Westerly to Cranston and in Massachusetts from South Attleboro to Readville -- currently have 150 mph limits.

Amtrak says the initial test run is in New Jersey where Amtrak is presently advancing design, engineering and other pre-construction activities for a $450 million project funded by the federal high-speed rail program.

The project includes upgrading track, electrical power, signal systems and overhead wires to improve reliability for Amtrak and commuter rail service.

The project is not scheduled to be completed until 2017.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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