The western half of the AML is already 110mph barring slow orders due to maintenance or ITCS failure. The real trick has been getting everything east of Kalamazoo up to par. NS left it in pretty bad shape when MDOT bought up the line. Work has been proceeding slowly over the last few years and they’re pretty much done, but the tight curves on the eastern half limit how fast the services can get. I think they cap out at 70 in some areas.If Amtrak is serious about new Corridor services, they need to figure out how to very quickly promote these new train sets.
For the US at least, CHI-DET & CHI-STL are the two best corridors from which to promote shiny new, and practical corridor service. It’s not true HSR, but these corridors will offer increasing sections of 115mph running and sharp new train sets. And while expensive, they don’t carry with them the seemingly impossible leap of funding of true HSR.
Can Amtrak gets these train sets fully deployed and these corridor running speeds optimized in time? Biden and Mayor Pete will only be around for so long. Will Amtrak take advantage? That’s what I want to know.
Ye ask and ye hath received.Photos from MDOT twitter, so close to an interior shot....