By splitting the corridor into mile-long segments of track and ranking each stretch for straightness, the Times was able identify the eight sharpest curves on the Northeast Corridor (excluding entrances to stations). In these maps, the most curved sections of track are red, and straight portions are dark green. The site of the May 2015 crash, Frankford Junction, emerges as the most curved stretch between Washington and New York. Straightening this curve, among others, is included on Amtrak’s 2010 master plan wish list of proposed capital projects.
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