Report: The Northeast Corridor and the American Economy (4/7/2014)
An educational resource on the role the NEC plays in the U.S. economy, by connecting residents to jobs, increasing America’s global competitiveness, and improving transportation performance across the country.
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State of the NEC Region Transportation System
A resource on transportation issues in the NEC Region, with information on demand and performance across the Region’s highways, airports, and transit and rail systems.
The Northeast Corridor (NEC) is the rail backbone of the Northeast region and the busiest passenger rail corridor in the United Sates. It connects eight states and the District of Columbia and each day serves 750,000 riders and 2,000 commuter, intercity, and freight trains.
Congress created the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission (NEC Commission) in recognition of the inherent challenges of coordinating, financing, and implementing major improvements that cross multiple jurisdictions. The NEC Commission is comprised of members from each of the NEC states, Amtrak, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Commission brings NEC stakeholders together in a coordinated manner to develop and implement a long-term investment strategy for the NEC and to provide information about the NEC’s role in economic growth and development. The Commission is also charged with developing a cost allocation formula that ensures that there is no cross-subsidization of commuter, intercity, and freight rail service on the NEC and to make annual recommendations to Congress about infrastructure needs and operational improvements.