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STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL ON THE RELEASE OF A FEDERAL REPORT TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE RAIL INFRASTRUCURE IN THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR

December 16, 2016
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today after the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a comprehensive plan to substantially improve rail infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) over the next 25 years at a cost of $130 billion. According to the FRA, the proposal will “upgrade aging infrastructure and improve the reliability, capacity, connectivity, performance, and resiliency of passenger rail service on the NEC for both intercity and regional trips, while promoting environmental sustainability and economic growth.” Rail service will significantly grow across the region with ridership projected to double by 2040 to 520 million a year. There will be faster trips, additional track and expanded service with as many as 35 daily trips between Springfield and New York City.  

 

The NEC FUTURE Final EIS has been posted here: https://necfuture.com/

 

“The release of this federal report is exciting news for the supporters of expanded rail service in the region. I have always believed that we should be investing more in our infrastructure, and this proposal is a generous down payment on the future of local transportation. This plan will result in more trains, faster trips and expanded service across the Northeast Corridor. With as many as 35 eventual daily trips between Springfield and New York City, its impact on Union Station will be significant. The importance of expanded and improved rail service cannot be minimized, and this ambitious program will help transform our regional rail system, and grow the economy in the process,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.