By CBS3 Staff

WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Amtrak unveiled a $72 million project adding an electrified third rail to the northeast corridor through Delaware. Elected officials joined Amtrak and other transportation leaders on Monday for a ribbon cutting ceremony on the new track between Wilmington and Newark.

The expansion, along with other repairs and updates, are expected to improve on-time performance and reduced delays caused by the two-track bottleneck on that stretch of tracks.

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Officials say the track improvements are coming online just in time for Amtrak ridership to increase once COVID-19 vaccines are distributed.


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