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The Northeast United States is the world’s fifth largest economy, contributing

30 percent of all jobs in the U.S. and generating 20 percent of the nation’s Gross

Domestic Product. By 2040, the Northeast is expected to add seven million new

residents, putting further pressure on all travel modes. Stronger, more reliable

transportation options—including investment in the Northeast Corridor—are

essential to support mobility and sustain the region’s economic growth.

The Tier 1 Draft EIS, published in November 2015, evaluated three distinct visions

for the NEC’s future that would either maintain, grow, or transform the role of

rail in the Northeast. The FRA received comments on the Tier 1 Draft EIS from

over 3,200 individuals, agencies, and interested organizations. The Preferred

Alternative represents a balanced approach, favored by many stakeholders,

that supports growth while addressing the most immediate needs for the

NEC’s aging infrastructure. Information on the FRA’s process for identifying

the Preferred Alternative can be found in the Tier 1 Final EIS, available online

at

www.necfuture.com

.

Why Grow the NEC?

It takes many years to plan, design, and build major rail infrastructure, which can last for a century or more.With multiple owners and operators

on the NEC, a coordinated approach is critical to ensure that different investments made along the corridor work together to the benefit of all

users. As the first comprehensive plan for the 457-mile Northeast Corridor rail line in 40 years, NEC FUTURE will establish a framework for

future projects that may be undertaken and financed by the federal government, states, and railroads in the coming decades.

The Preferred Alternative, described below and in the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement, indicates the FRA’s direction toward

selecting an investment plan for the NEC. The FRA will identify the Selected Alternative in the Record of Decision, the next and final step in

the Tier 1 environmental process.

Service Types

Included

INTERCITY:

passenger rail service between metropolitan

areas, including Intercity-Express, Intercity-Corridor, and

long distance services

REGIONAL RAIL:

passenger rail

service within a metropolitan area

METROPOLITAN:

a new type of Intercity service that

operates with high performance equipment, stops at a mix of

Intercity and Regional rail stations, and offers lower fares

INTERCITY-EXPRESS:

premium Intercity service that

makes limited stops and offers the shortest travel times

By 2040, the Northeast is

expected to add seven million

new residents, putting further

pressure on all travel modes.

Stronger, more reliable,

transportation options—including

investment in the Northeast

Corridor—are essential to

support mobility and sustain the

region’s economic growth.