WASHINGTON—On January 5, 2015, Amtrak unveiled a new Northeast Corridor (NEC) website (NEC.Amtrak.com) to raise awareness about NEC infrastructure needs and build support for capital investment in projects crucial for economic growth in the region. The NEC connects Washington with Boston, linking together eight states and the District of Columbia.
Approximately 260 million passenger rail trips occur every year on the NEC on Amtrak and eight commuter railroads that operate over the line. In Fiscal Year 2014, Amtrak ridership on the NEC rose 3.3 percent over the previous year, and both Acela Express and the Northeast Regional services set new records—together they carried more than 11.6 million passengers.
Significant capital investment in the aging infrastructure—elements of which are more than a century old—is necessary to deliver capacity and reliability to meet current and projected future demand for passenger rail service in the Northeast and reverse decades of underfunding.
The new website includes project information and updates, maps, graphics, and other resources about several NEC infrastructure projects now under construction or in the planning stage. Highlighted projects include the Gateway Program to expand rail capacity into New York City and replacing the Susquehanna River Bridge and the Baltimore & Potomac Tunnels in Maryland. There also is information on station planning and development efforts being advanced by Amtrak and its federal, state and local partners.
Those interested in receiving the latest news and announcements concerning NEC infrastructure projects are encouraged to sign up for email notifications.