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Acela saved: MBTA, Amtrak resolve lawsuit over Northeast Corridor maintenance

The Boston Business Journal reports the T and Amtrak have resolved a legal beef that at one point led to Amtrak threatening to terminate Acela service north of Providence.

The Journal reports the T will pay Amtrak $20 million a year for Acela service. Amtrak had initially demanded $29 million a year.

The two rail operators had long had an agreement under which the T would pay for maintenance of tracks while Amtrak would handle dispatching - which gave its trains priority over commuter-rail trains.

The T sued last year when Amtrak began demanding payments similar to those made by other states along the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Virginia. In its suit, the T noted it was the only state to own the tracks in its segment of the corridor and pointed to the long-standing agreement. Amtrak said the T wasn't even paying its bills for maintaining the tracks.

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Trump will be killing off Amtrak anyhow :(

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Amtrak is going nowhere. Um, I mean, it's not gonna disappear.

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They're privatize it but increase the public subsidizes fourfold.

Too bad Keolis is French otherwise they'd be a shoe-in for the contract given their excellent management of the commuter rail.

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but stop making fun of the leaves on the rail thing. Every city that has an intercity train system where deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall deals with delays due to "slippery rail." Only Boston complains about it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slippery_rail

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Vas ist los?

The two sides are ending a dispute that at one point threatened to halt Acela and other Amtrak service from Boston to New York and other points south. But the payments will likely prove burdensome for an agency that has slashed expenses in recent years.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2017/01/27/ending-feud-mbta-agree...

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Why are we paying Amtrak if we own the track and do all the maintenance on it again ? I really don't get why the old agreement wouldn't just continue.

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Free story : MBTA and Amtrak settle dispute over Attleboro line

Under an agreement announced Friday, the MBTA will pay Amtrak about $20 million per year, starting in February and continuing until September, 2022, to provide daily maintenance on the Attleboro line, according to a press release issued by the T.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/27/mbta-and-amtrak-settle-year...

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Adam, not sure if these are your words or if they appeared in the suit, but this is incorrect:

the T noted it was the only state to own the tracks in its segment of the corridor

The State of Connecticut owns the tracks from New Haven to the NY border. Then the State of New York (specifically the MTA) owns the tracks from the NY/CT border to New Rochelle.

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