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Providence

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Newark

Trenton

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Hudson River

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Tracks in Tunnel

Existing

New

R E P R E S E N T A T I V E I M P R O V E M E N T S

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E X I S T I N G :

Study Area

Connecting Corridor

National Passenger Rail Network

Rail Station

(not all shown)

Upgraded Track

Improved NEC

Chokepoint Relief Project

Related Project

Potential New Station

New Track

New Segment

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New London/Mystic

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The location shown for new segments is illustrative and represents the information used to analyze effects of the new segment as

part of the Tier 1 EIS process; the location of new segments will be determined in Tier 2 project studies.

Preferred

Alternative

The Preferred Alternative includes improvements to bring the NEC to a

state of good repair and relieve chokepoints that cause delay. It adds

new track to grow the NEC to four tracks at most locations, with more

tracks in areas with the greatest demand. In addition, the Preferred

Alternative integrates direct service on the Hartford/Springfield Line

into the NEC, with upgraded track and electrification.

The FRA has also determined a need for new track segments in particular

geographic sections of the NEC. New segments in the following areas

would grow capacity, allow higher speeds to reduce travel time, and

enhance system resilience:

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Baltimore to Wilmington, supporting speeds up to 220 mph

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Replacement of the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) tunnel

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In Philadelphia, connecting to an Intercity station at the Philadelphia

International Airport

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Two new tracks in tunnels under both the Hudson and East Rivers

to an expanded Penn Station New York

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Southeastern Connecticut toWestern Rhode Island, supporting higher

speeds and increased frequencies