New Haven – The Record of Decision for the Federal Railroad Administration’s NEC Future Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement was released earlier today. The plan calls for significant upgrades in the Northeast Corridor rail service between Washington, DC and New Haven.
These improvements will greatly expand access to greater New Haven market by connecting the major innovation centers in the Northeast. With travel time targets of 1 hour 5 minutes between New York and New Haven and less than 2:00 hours from Boston to New Haven and given the prominence of New Haven as a Top 15 Amtrak market, this work will mean even more jobs and more opportunity to live and work in New Haven’s vibrant Hill to Downtown community.
Of note, the Record of Decision calls for a study to identify additional infrastructure as needed to achieve the service and performance objectives between New Haven and Providence. This work should begin as soon as possible.
We look forward to working with federal and state agencies, as well as our peer cities on the Northeast Corridor, to implement a shared vision for Union Station and for this enhanced rail service as the economies of our Long Island Sound coastal communities cannot go another decade without a comprehensive vision to bring our rail transportation network into the 21st century.
The City and EDC wish to thank the staff at the FRA and their consulting teams for listening to the many local stakeholders who participated in this process since its inception in 2012. This ongoing partnership will be necessary to implement this economic development and infrastructure project.