The Northeast Corridor

The NEC: Supporting a $2.6 Trillion Economy

The Northeast Corridor (NEC) is one of the busiest, most complex, and economically vital transportation systems in the world connecting eight states and the District of Columbia. As the majority owner of nearly 80% of the NEC, Amtrak not only moves intercity riders, but also provides access and/or operational support to eight commuter lines and six freight operators. Pre-COVID, more than 260 million passenger trips are made on the NEC per year, a figure that is projected to reach over a half billion by 2040. As the popularity of rail travel soars, Amtrak and our NEC partners are challenged to ensure that the NEC can meet the demand for new capacity on this critical infrastructure asset, portions of which date back a century, and continue to deliver the safe, reliable and convenient service passengers expect from America’s Railroad.

Featured Improvement Projects

Connecticut River Bridge

The project will involve building a two-track, electrified, and resilient movable bridge structure equipped with new track, signal, catenary, power, communication, controls and security features.

Susquehanna River Bridge

As the longest moveable bridge on the NEC, the bridge is a critical link and will be replaced with new structures to maintain future rail services across the Susquehanna River.

Portal North Bridge

NJ TRANSIT and Amtrak are replacing the century-old Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River in New Jersey with a higher bridge that will not have to open and close for river traffic.

Featured News & Events

Amtrak Begins Procurement for Construction of New Connecticut River Bridge

October 28, 2022

Amtrak Advances Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project

November 18, 2022

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor

Amtrak owns and operates 80% of the mainline Northeast Corridor, stretching from Washington, DC to Boston. Carrying over 2,200 daily trains, including Amtrak, commuter and freight trains, the Northeast Corridor is the nation’s most congested rail corridor and is among the highest volume rail corridors in the world.

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Amtrak's Northeast Corridor

Amtrak owns and operates 80% of the mainline Northeast Corridor, stretching from Washington, DC to Boston. Carrying over 2,200 daily trains, including Amtrak, commuter and freight trains, the Northeast Corridor is the nation’s most congested rail corridor and is among the highest volume rail corridors in the world.

See the NEC Map

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