The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has applied to the US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for over 108 million USD (102.9m EUR) of funding for corridor improvements. Planned improvements include two new Amtrak inland route daily round trips. The upgrades are a necessary first step for increasing train frequency and speed along the inland route corridor and the Boston-Albany (B&A) corridor. They will improve connections between Boston, Worcester and Springfield as well as further afield, such as to Connecticut and New York City. In addition to the new daily trains, travel times will be improved for the existing Amtrak Lake Shore Limited service, as the project will include infrastructure improvements that enable faster train speeds of up to 80 miles an hour.