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Friday, April 05, 2013    

FRA studying 15 options for Northeast Corridor's future growth

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is considering up to 15 "preliminary alternatives" to improve rail service along the Northeast Corridor, with options ranging from minor upgrades to providing 220-mph service between Boston and Washington, D.C.

Also under review is a proposed new service from Long Island, N.Y., to New England.

The FRA outlined details of the 15 options in its new report, "NEC FUTURE: A Rail Investment Plan for the Northeast Corridor, Preliminary Alternatives." The report includes no cost estimates.

The goal of NEC FUTURE is to develop a plan to prepare the 457-mile corridor for growth in commuter and intercity rail ridership through the year 2040.

The 15 preliminary alternatives will be evaluated and narrowed down over the year to a smaller set of "reasonable alternatives" and, ultimately, developed into a preferred investment program as the plan advances, FRA officials said in the report's introduction.

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