Overview: The Pelham Bay Bridge is a two-track movable bridge that carries the NEC over the Hutchinson River in the Bronx, NY. While the bridge primarily serves Amtrak NEC trains, CSX and Providence & Worcester Railroad use the bridge for light-density freight traffic. In the future, MTA Metro-North Railroad is proposing to use the bridge for a Hell Gate Line service sending some New Haven Line trains to New York Penn Station along the NEC in the Bronx and Queens.
Completed in 1907, Pelham Bay Bridge has reached the end of its useful life and requires extensive ongoing maintenance. Its obsolete and aging components have forced Amtrak to restrict speeds to just 45 mph. The bridge has a lift span that is manned by a bridge operator. It opens several times per day for commercial boats and occasionally faces minor problems closing properly.
Amtrak plans to replace the bridge with a new high-level fixed bridge that will offer enough clearance for boats to pass below. A new fixed bridge will increase reliability and may offer opportunities to increase capacity for Amtrak and proposed Metro-North service.