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The Preferred Alternative would:




Expanded access to jobs and skilled workers



Economic development opportunities in cities to leverage new or

improved rail connections



Enhanced economic integration among Northeast cities



Improved rail-airport connections, benefitting business travel and




Reduced vulnerability to service disruptions, as rail infrastructure is

improved and new segments provide redundancy




Lower greenhouse gas emissions as travelers shift to rail from other

modes of transportation, generating air quality benefits



Reduced energy use



Resiliency to flooding and extreme weather events

Benefits for Cities and Communities

Achieving the Vision

Achieving the system-wide benefits of the Preferred Alternative will require

implementation of many interrelated projects, requiring a coordinated

process over time. The Preferred Alternative provides a flexible approach

to implementation, allowing investments to be made in phases as funding

becomes available. It also provides flexibility to respond to immediate

needs or changing market conditions. States and railroad operators would

work together to determine the order in which the improvements are

made, and affected communities would have an opportunity to help shape

future rail infrastructure projects during Tier 2 project development processes.


The Preferred Alternative includes infrastructure

both north and south of New York City that

would improve the resiliency of the NEC. In

particular, the investment in new infrastructure

in the off-corridor sections of the Preferred

Alternative would provide an opportunity to

locate and design the infrastructure in a way

that minimizes its risk to impacts from floods

and extreme heat. In addition to upgrading

the NEC to be more resilient, the Preferred

Alternative includes redundant track outside of

the areas of risk that would provide alternative

routing during flooding events or other situations

where the track needs to be closed, allowing

some service to be maintained.