• NEC Commission Connect 2037 - 15 Year NEC Capital Needs and Infrastructure Plan

  • Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.
Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by Jeff Smith
 
So, apparently there's a new version of the previous plan, which proposed the realignment of the NEC.

https://nec-commission.com/connect-nec-2037/
In November 2023, the Northeast Corridor Commission released CONNECT NEC 2037 (C37)—a 15-year plan that, thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), for the first time benefits from dedicated funding for the corridor’s most urgent capital repairs and improvements. Commission members representing the states, commuter agencies, Amtrak, and USDOT are now initiating an historic era of reinvestment in the Northeast Corridor (NEC) which will provide faster, more frequent, more reliable service for the millions of Americans that rely on this rail system to travel for work and leisure. The $16 billion in Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail grants announced in November 2023 will help to advance a number of critical state-of-good-repair and improvement projects included in C37.

The Commission’s CONNECT NEC program is a pioneering planning process that integrates investments across four infrastructure owners and nine passenger rail operators. C37 is an update to C35, completed in 2021, which assessed NEC-wide rail service and state-of-good-repair goals and the infrastructure investments necessary to meet them. C35’s level of collaboration and credibility encouraged Congress to allocate historic levels of funding for the NEC in BIL. C37 defines the plan in much greater detail, updates service goals based on new travel trends, provides additional analysis of workforce and other resource constraints, and refines future funding needs.
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PDF Executive Summary: https://nec-commission.com/app/uploads/ ... Nov-23.pdf
  by R36 Combine Coach
 
Some interesting items listed are proposed SEPTA Coatesville express service as well 100% more (double) NJT peak direction service. This implies the new tunnels in service. New NJT one seat rides will be added. RVL, Coast Line, Hackettstown or Andover (Cutoff) is not mentioned.
  by TheOneKEA
 
The report specifically cites the installation of Burgos Interlocking in the list of improvements to be made in the Mid-Atlantic South region of the NEC in the next five years, but Burgos Interlocking is already in service (?) southwest of New Carrollton, and was placed into service (?) prior to the publication of this report. Is the report just slightly behind, or was the interlocking placed into service early, or is the report referring to a different interlocking?
  by Jeff Smith
 
In the meanwhile: CTExaminer
Amtrak Promises ‘Clean Sheet,’ But Seeks Viable Off-Corridor Route From New Haven to Providence

In a phone call on Thursday, Rep. Joe Courtney told CT Examiner that he had met with Amtrak officials for a briefing that focused on on-corridor investments and a “clean sheet” for the agency’s reboot of high-speed rail planning between New Haven and Providence.

“‘Clean sheet,’ they must have repeated that a number of times,” said Courtney, “and again, I think they are approaching this thing with a fresh set of eyes … beginning this with no preconception about the fact that there’s some intrinsic weakness in terms of the existing line.”

But in series of emailed exchanges on Thursday and Friday, Amtrak officials acknowledged that the ground rules for the new study guarantee a new off-corridor route and require the same metrics previously used to justify a controversial high-speed-rail bypass through coastal Connecticut and southern Rhode Island.
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$4 million of the $5 million cost for completing the study to Amtrak as part of $16.4 billion of spending along the Northeast Corridor including significant spending toward replacing lift bridges across the Mianus, Housatonic and Connecticut Rivers.

Courtney told CT Examiner that, given his Wednesday briefing by Amtrak, it appeared that one alternative, a direct route between Hartford and Providence, was already off the table, based on a market study of the region completed in the spring.
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  by rcthompson04
 
R36 Combine Coach wrote: Wed Nov 29, 2023 3:17 pm Some interesting items listed are proposed SEPTA Coatesville express service as well 100% more (double) NJT peak direction service. This implies the new tunnels in service. New NJT one seat rides will be added. RVL, Coast Line, Hackettstown or Andover (Cutoff) is not mentioned.
Kind of a weird way of phrasing the Coatesville service.