Constructing a second "spine" along the Northeast Corridor is one option the Federal Railroad Administration is considering to boost service and reduce congestion. This second track would allow high-speed trains to move at up to 220 mph. Officials with FRA hope to gain "regional consensus on a long-term rail investment plan and are looking for opportunities to identify new markets, develop and test new types of regional and inter-city service and evaluate options for high-speed rail service," writes Mike Frassinelli.

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