The funds, which were originally destined for the cancelled Florida
high-speed project, will be used for a $US 450m upgrade of track,
signalling and electrification on the 39km Trenton - New Brunswick
section in New Jersey, allowing maximum speeds to be increased to
257km/h. Preliminary works will begin by the end of the year and full
construction will start next year. In the longer term, this project
will allow operation at up to 300km/h.

The remaining $US 295m will allow major improvements to the Harold
Interlocking junction in Queens, New York, where a new flyover will
separate New York - Boston Amtrak trains from Long Island Railroad and
Metro-North commuter trains. Construction will start in September 2012.