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Massachusetts joins 10 other Northeast states from Maine to Maryland announcing submission of a multi-state proposal to boost intercity and high-speed passenger rail from Boston to Washington, D.C.

The request with the support of Amtrak and regional Governors requests that the Federal Railroad Administration lead a planning effort on the role intercity and high-speed passenger rail plays in improving the region’s transportation network by expanding capacity and relieving highway and aviation congestion.

The proposed study will build off the successful three-year collaboration among twelve states – including the Northeast states and Virginia – Amtrak, and commuter and freight railroads to produce the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Master Plan, the foundational document for the proposed multi-state planning effort.

The NEC Master Plan is designed to accommodate growth needs through 2030, expand service, particularly to outlying areas of the region, and improve the high-speed Acela Express travel times by 20 to 30 minutes from Boston to New York and New York to Washington. The Plan identifies an initial baseline of infrastructure improvements needed to maintain the current NEC system in a state of good repair; integrate intercity, commuter and freight service plans; and move the NEC forward to meet expanded service, reliability, frequency, and trip time improvement goals.

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