Amtrak's Acela trains will be able to travel 150 miles per hour along a recently upgraded stretch of tracks between New Brunswick and South Brunswick. The improvements to the track, overhead wires, signal cables, substations and high speed turnouts cost $450 million dollars. The higher speeds will shave only a few minutes off travel times for now. The President of Amtrak says even more improvements to the Northeast Corridor are coming in the future with money from New Jersey's High Speed Rail Improvement Program. Before the rail infrastructure improvements Acela Trains could only travel 135 miles per hour. As the infrastructure of more sections of the Northeast Corridor is upgraded trains will be able to travel at higher speeds for a longer period of time. New Acela Trains coming next fall can reach 160 miles per hour. Right now it takes about 6 and a half hours to travel from Boston to Washington D.C. on an Acela Train.
Source: North Jersey.Com