Intercity Passenger Rail

SYSTRA has a long history of supporting the development and expansion of intercity passenger rail---at traditional and high speeds---throughout the world.  Our staff understands the unique characteristics of intermediate and long distance travel and the unique challenges of operating fast, efficient passenger services in exclusive and shared rights of way.  Our experience includes development of the infrastructure master plan for the Northeast Corridor, assessment of state of good repair at over 300 Amtrak stations, design of the Newark Liberty International Airport Rail Station on the Northeast Corridor and many other station, facility, system, operational and track improvements throughout our national rail network.

Representative Projects: 

Amtrak Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Master Plan Phases I and II
Boston, MA - Washington, D.C.

The infrastructure master planning process was an Amtrak strategic initiative designed to foster greater collaboration among Northeast Corridor (NEC) stakeholders in forecasting future service levels and developing capital plans that will provide the infrastructure necessary to achieve higher levels of service. The goal of Phase I (project development) was to lay the foundation for that continuing, corridor-wide process.

In Phase I, SYSTRA supported the establishment of a corridor-wide working group whose members represented every state and commuter railroad between Maine and Washington, plus freight operators CSX and NS. Five meetings were conducted in a four-month period.

SYSTRA produced a project development report documenting current and future ridership, service plan, and capital spending data. The report tied this information to analytical requirements that will be pursued in subsequent phases.

In Phase II, SYSTRA continued to work as an extension of Amtrak staff to provide meeting facilitation for the corridor-wide working group, three regional subgroups, and policy-level reviewers. In addition, SYSTRA analyzed current and future-year operating plan information to create segment-specific volume-to-capacity ratios. This information was displayed graphically and was used to evaluate the potential needs and benefits of capital projects.

At the end of Phase II, SYSTRA produced a master plan that describes necessary capital improvements to the NEC based on documented ridership and service demand.