Northeast Corridor

  • The Northeast Corridor (NEC) is part of the Northeast Region.
  • The NEC connects major cities in multiple states, including: Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD, Wilmington, DE; Philadelphia, PA; Trenton, NJ; New York City, NY; New Haven, CT; Providence, RI; and Boston, MA.
  • Amtrak owns and operates 363 miles of the 457-mile NEC.
  • The NEC is America’s most highly-developed rail corridor.
  • Development of the NEC began more than 27 years prior to the first designations under the ISTEA high speed rail grade crossing improvement program.



  • The NEC has benefited from over $4B in direct federal funding under the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project that had its roots in the High-Speed Ground Transportation (HSGT) Act of 1965 and the railroad restructuring legislation of the mid-1970s.
  • In March 2011, the DOT designated the NEC a federally-recognized high speed rail corridor, clearing the way for these states and Amtrak to apply for federal high speed rail grant funding.
  • In April 2011, Amtrak filed an application for $1.3B in high speed rail funding for the NEC.
  • On May 9, the NEC received $795M to upgrade some of the most heavily-used sections of the corridor. 
  • The investments will increase speeds from 135 to 160 miles per hour between New York and Washington, and grow passenger capacity through equipment purchases.
  • Late June 2011, Amtrak received a $562.9M loan for 70 locomotives to run on NEC.
  • On July 1, 2011, U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood announced $72.8M for Massachusetts to cut travel time.


Amtrak – NEC Power, Signal, Track, Catenary Improvements – $450 million to boost capacity, reliability, and speed in one of the most heavily-traveled sections of the Northeast Corridor, creating a 24-mile segment of track capable of supporting train speeds up to 160-mph.

Maryland – NEC Bridge Replacement – $22 million for engineering and environmental work to replace the century-old Susquehanna River Bridge, which currently causes frequent delays for commuters due to the high volume of critical maintenance.

New York – NEC Harold Interlocking Amtrak Bypass Routes – $295 million to alleviate major delays for trains coming in and out of Manhattan with new routes that allow Amtrak trains to bypass the busiest passenger rail junction in the nation.

Rhode Island – NEC Kingston Track, Platform Improvements – $25 million for design and construction of an additional 1.5 miles of third track in Kingston, RI, so high-speed trains operating at speeds up to 150-mph can pass trains on a high-volume section of the Northeast Corridor.

Rhode Island – NEC Providence Station Improvements – $3 million for preliminary engineering and environmental work to renovate the Providence Station.


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