The Northeast Corridor Commission (NEC, USA) has presented a 15-year plan for the development of this corridor – Connect NEC 2035 (C35), which was estimated at 117 billion US dollars – the largest in the history of its existence.
The northeastern corridor, whose infrastructure is largely owned by the national passenger operator Amtrak, connects Boston with Washington and passes through Providence, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore.
The commission’s proposal is viewed as an interdepartmental, multi-year long-term plan of action. It provides for the implementation of 150 projects, including large-scale modernization programs. In developing the plan, together with the commission, the state authorities through which the corridor passes, the US federal government, eight transportation operators, and representatives of Amtrak participated.
The commission is chaired by a council, which consists of one member each from the states where the corridor passes (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland), and the District of Columbia, as well as four representatives Amtrak and five from the US Department of Transportation.
The C35 plan is also seen as the first phase of a long-term development vision promulgated by the US Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in 2017, the 2017 NEC Future plan.
Improvements in the upgraded corridor should result in annual time savings of $ 140 million for long-distance and commuter passengers, and a 26-minute reduction in travel time between Washington DC and New York, New York and Boston – by 28 minutes and on New Haven-New York services by 25 minutes, as well as a 33% increase in Amtrak train traffic and at least 2 times on some commuter services (photo: Northeast Corridor Commission). (SDM)