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Amtrak: Vision for the Northeast Corridor 2012 Update Report

Posted by Content Coordinator on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012


What is the Purpose of this Update Report?

In May 2010 Amtrak released The Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Master Plan (the Master Plan). The Master Plan resulted from a precedent-setting regional collaboration among 12 Northeast states and the District of Columbia, Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), 8 commuter and 3 freight railroads.

While the Master Plan provided for substantial and essential improvements of the NEC, it also led Amtrak to a realization that capacity needed for the long-term future of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) could not be met by improvements to the existing NEC alone. As a result, in September 2010 Amtrak released A Vision for High-Speed Rail in the Northeast Corridor (the 2010 HSR Vision), which presented the bold concept of a new 427-mile dedicated two-track high-speed rail (HSR) alignment from Washington, D.C. to Boston, MA.

The present document summarizes the status of these planning initiatives in 2012. It includes changes brought about by the integration of these two programs and other changes instigated by external factors, such as the NEC FUTURE – Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Program (PRCIP) led by the FRA and the work undertaken to produce the Amtrak NEC Business & Financial Plan (the B&F Plan), completed in June 2012. As will be seen, there are many more years of planning ahead, but the The Amtrak Vision for the Northeast Corridor: 2012 Update Report highlights key developments and recent findings that will help shape future efforts to improve the NEC.


Download full report (PDF): Amtrak: Vision for the Northeast Corridor 2012 Update Report

About Amtrak
“The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak, is a corporation striving to deliver a high quality, safe, on-time rail passenger service that exceeds customer expectations.”

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