Monday, July 02, 2012

FRA offers NEC Future website

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The Federal Railroad Administration has initiated a separate webpage, entitled NEC Future, addressing high speed rail infrastructure upgrades and political discourse for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor (NEC), along with several connecting lines.

Within the website and concurrent with its launch, FRA announced it has issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) that it will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate potential passenger rail improvements on the NEC between Washington, D.C. and Boston, Mass.

FRA's site is accessible here.

The agency says the site attempts "a comprehensive planning effort to define, evaluate and prioritize future investments in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), launched by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in February 2012. FRA's work will include new ideas and approaches to grow the region's intercity, commuter and freight rail services and the completion of an environmental evaluation of proposed transportation alternatives."

FRA notes it is the lead agency for the NEC FUTURE program, which is being developed in close coordination with the NEC Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission. "The NEC Commission members include representatives from Amtrak, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the corridor states, and District of Columbia, and non-voting representatives of the freight railroads who operate over the NEC. Connecting states and commuter operators on the NEC have also been invited as non-voting representatives."