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

Baltimore & Potomac (B&P) Tunnel Replacement

Nearly 150-years old, the B&P Tunnel dates from the Civil War era. It is also the largest bottleneck on the Northeast Corridor between Washington and New Jersey.

The Hudson Tunnel Project

The Hudson Tunnel Project involves construction of a new Hudson River rail tunnel serving New York - Penn Station and the rehabilitation of the existing Sandy-damaged North River Tunnel.

Portal North Bridge Project

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 Forces Maximize Weekend Service Outages to Improve Safety, Reliability in North River Tunnel

May 12, 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.

See the NEC Map

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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