Wednesday, September 28, 2011


No encyclopedic knowledge of them all, but there are a lot of relatively cheap ways to improve rail service around the country.

Federal rail officials approved a $13.3 million grant Monday to help eliminate a major bottleneck along Amtrak's key Northeast Corridor line between Wilmington and Newark.

The grant clears the way to start early work this year on a third passenger track along a portion of the rail line between the two cities -- part of a multi-part, $52 million investment that will improve Amtrak, SEPTA and freight rail movements through the state.

Especially where commuter trains share service with freight or Amtrak, simply adding extra or even just occasional passing tracks can make a tremendous difference.