The FRA is committed to an open and transparent public involvement process. A variety of outreach opportunities will be designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue as the NEC FUTURE program progresses. These include public meetings, workshops, and webinars, as well as briefings for agencies, public officials and organizations.
Plans are underway for new public outreach opportunities in 2014. Please note that the open house meetings originally planned for the fall of 2013 have been postponed until further notice. Please check this page for updated information.
With the release of the Preliminary Alternatives Report in early April, the FRA held a series of informal workshops to maintain an ongoing discussion with the public. As with the December Dialogues, workshops were again held in each of the three project regions:
A webinar was held on April 18 to accommodate those unable to travel to one of the meetings sites.
The April Dialogues were designed to provide a project update, specifically, the process used to develop 15 Preliminary Alternatives. During the workshops, staff presented the components of these alternatives: program levels, services options, and routes. The program levels vary from modest capital investment and service options to dedicated high speed rail and robust regional service. At each level the alternatives present different service options, including new types of service to increase frequency, minimize travel time, or increase the number of "one-seat rides". The routes connect key travel markets. The three meetings included small group discussions of these components, as well as potential criteria for use in screening the Preliminary Alternatives. The NEC FUTURE team greatly appreciates the valuable feedback received at these sessions, which will be considered in upcoming technical work.
In early December 2012, the FRA held a series of informal workshops to continue the discussion with the public that began during the Scoping process. Workshops were held in each of the three project regions:
Two webinars were also offered to accommodate interested persons unable to travel to one of the meeting sites. These took place during the afternoon and evening of December 6.
The December Dialogues were designed to help inform the analysis to be undertaken by the FRA and the development of rail alternatives. During the workshops, staff provided an overview of the project and its focus on travel markets, presented a summary of the comments received during Scoping, and reviewed the framework being used to develop alternatives. The three live meetings included small group discussions of the goals for NEC FUTURE and the passenger service characteristics important in developing and evaluating alternatives. The NEC FUTURE team greatly appreciates the valuable feedback received at these sessions, which will help inform the technical work to be undertaken in 2013. Future workshop locations will rotate to include other states and cities along the corridor.
The first public meetings for NEC FUTURE were Scoping Meetings held in August 2012 in nine locations from Boston to Washington, D.C. Comments received at these meetings and since by email, mail and through this website are helping to define the scope of study for the Tier 1 EIS, being conducted in accordance with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts. The materials presented at the Scoping Meetings are available at the links below.
The Scoping Meeting Presentation provides an overview of the study and process to be followed. Narrated by Rebecca Reyes-Alicea of the FRA, the presentation lasts approximately 7 minutes and outlines some of the issues the corridor faces. The Scoping Meeting Display Boards provide additional information on the study purpose and need, the environmental process being followed, the alternatives development process, and the study schedule. For more detailed information about the study purpose and need and the next steps moving forward, you may also wish to view the Scoping Package. Thank you for participating in NEC FUTURE!