D.C. Union's getting a shitton of enhancements already in-progress. That one got going long ago, and what they're doing is mega. Philly 30th is pretty far along in planning, too.I mean... Amtrak and the State DOTs have lots of these station visioning things in the planning stages. According to the NEC projects page, DC union, Providence, Newark Penn, Philly 30th, and Boston SSX all have some sort of transformation planned or in design... But I never hear about funding them.
Keep in mind, it is sort of a different world south-of-NYC vs. north-of-NYC. Obviously for us SSX has gone full-shitshow with the political factioning, project creep, and rampant misinformation on what it intends to accomplish. But for Amtrak's purposes the great service increaser to BOS/PRV is all contingent on Gateway getting built into NYC first...and that is the political shitshow of all shitshows. So on simple priorities Amtrak can't put the same attention on us as long as the all-critical Gateway linchpin is still mired in infighting muck and oh-so-typical NY cost estimate explosions. SSX's fate is going to turn on the T's Rail Vision well before it does Amtrak given the (charitably) razor-thin or (less-charitably) woefully over-optimistic margins math that's projected for RUR at the current terminal.
Different story down south. You've got the Portal Bridge shovel-in-ground in Jersey...that's going to clean up traffic through Secaucus (future loop or no future loop) and Newark Penn enough that NJT has to pounce. Philly and Baltimore have immediate taps on the last 10 + next 10 years worth of bookending track work, and D.C. cranks up a whole other level with the second Potomac crossing now shovel-ready and the doubling-plus of all manner of service from Virginia.
Gateway's going to be a scandal of overruns, corruption, and delays no matter whether a more amenable Congress + Admin wad up for it and end this game of chicken over whether it'll be funded at all. But practically speaking the NEC through New England is all subservient to that one getting done before the national attention comes up here. Given the stakes at hand, that is the correct sequence.