Trains reports that Amtrak and CSX have reached an agreement that will let Amtrak start running more trains between Boston and Albany.
The deal, however, however, has yet to be approved by the MBTA, which owns the tracks the new trains would need to travel on between Worcester and South Station, tracks also used by T commuter trains.
Amtrak currently runs one train a day in each direction between Boston and Worcester: The Lake Shore Limited, which also extends to Chicago.
Part of the deal would give Amtrak trains priority over CSX freight trains on what was once the Boston & Albany Railroad mainline between Albany and Worcester. Outside of the Northeast Corridor, most tracks are owned by freight lines, and they typically give their own trains first dibs, which often leads to lengthy Amtrak delays as its trains sit on sidings waiting for freight trains to pass.
Why would CSX agree to that? Trains reports CSX wants Amtrak support for its planned acquisition of Pan Am, the un-airline owner of freight lines in New England.