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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has released the Tier 1

Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for NEC FUTURE, the

comprehensive planning effort for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail

line from Washington, D.C., to Boston. The Tier 1 Final EIS presents

the FRA’s Preferred Alternative, a vision for future growth on the

NEC that incorporates feedback from the public and stakeholders

along the corridor.

The Preferred Alternative defines an investment plan for the NEC that


grow the role of rail

in the Northeast, providing the capacity to

dramatically increase the number of trains and improve the railroad’s

performance. The Preferred Alternative focuses investment on the

existing NEC, improving reliability by bringing it to a state of good

repair and eliminating chokepoints that cause delays. Trains would

operate frequently with improved connections, greatly enhancing

travel options. Travel time would also improve. This vision reflects

public preferences and is supported by the FRA’s analysis.

The Preferred Alternative:

a Vision for

Growth on the Northeast Corridor

A Long-Term

Vision is Needed

The Preferred Alternative would:



Provide the capacity for up to five times as many Intercity trains as today, with multiple trains each hour, and double the number of

Regional rail trains during peak hours



Achieve high on-time reliability and efficient performance



Reduce travel time, shortening commutes and enabling faster trips:


Washington, D.C., to New York City in as little as 2 hours and 10 minutes


New York City to Boston in as little as 2 hours and 45 minutes



Improve connections, with new stations, easier access to airports from the NEC, and enhanced service to connecting corridors



Enhance passenger convenience, with coordinated schedules and ticketing for seamless travel across the NEC



Improve the efficiency of rail operations through opportunities for service integration



Provide a broader range of travel choices