FRA RELEASES LANDMARK NEC FUTURE TIER 1 FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
December 16, 2016
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has released the Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 Final EIS) for NEC FUTURE representing the FRA’s vision for improvements to the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail line from Washington, D.C., to Boston, Massachusetts.
NEC FUTURE affirms Amtrak’s long-held view that rebuilding and expanding the Northeast Corridor is essential for the growth and prosperity of the entire region. The FRA’s recommendation supports advancing all of Amtrak’s current major projects in the Corridor, including the Gateway Program, the expansion of Washington Union Station and others aimed at these twin goals.
“When fully completed, this landmark report will be the crucial first step to improving this national asset and speeding up high-speed rail in the NEC,” said Stephen Gardner, Amtrak Executive Vice President, Infrastructure and Investment Development. “The hard work of prioritizing, phasing and funding these improvements comes next and Amtrak will continue to seek opportunities to develop world-class high-speed service across the Corridor.”
The Tier 1 Final EIS recommends a Preferred Alternative for NEC FUTURE, and includes responses to comments received on the Tier 1 Draft EIS. The NEC FUTURE Tier 1 Final EIS is available for download at www.necfuture.com.