The Northeast Corridor and the American Economy

The Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail network between Washington, D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts is an engine of economy activity for the United States in the delivery of workers to jobs, business to clients, goods to market, and people to their friends, family, and leisure activities. Seven million jobs are located within five miles of a NEC rail station, almost a third of all jobs in the NEC Region. The Corridor’s commuter and intercity services move 750,000 people each day. The NEC moves a workforce that contributes $50 billion annually to the American economy.

The NEC is a shared resource, used by eight commuter rail operators, Amtrak, and four freight railroads. It connects eight states and the District of Columbia, but its impacts extend across the country. On its own, the NEC Region would be the fifth largest economy in the world, ahead of France and just behind Germany. An unexpected loss of the NEC for one day alone could cost the nation nearly $100 million in transportation-related impacts and productivity losses, roughly the daily economic output of cities like Winston-Salem, NC, Portland, ME, or Boulder, CO.

The Northeast Corridor and the American Economy is a report from the Commission to Congress on the value of the NEC rail network to the NEC Region and the nation. It is the hope of the Commission that the information provided in this report is helpful to Congress and other stakeholders in understanding the many facets of the NEC’s role in the American economy and can inform future investment decisions.

Explore the report below and view the Interactive Map.

Stories from the Region

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The NEC and the American Economy includes case studies and stories from businesses and communities across the NEC Region. Explore the interactive map to learn more.
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