PROMOTING RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR
The Coalition for the Northeast Corridor (CNEC) represents the spectrum of transportation and
business community stakeholders whose employees rely on the corridor to conduct
commerce, create jobs, and drive the U.S. economy forward. The Coalition is a regional
and national advocacy effort led by market participants that benefit most from a strong
and vibrant Northeast Corridor (NEC), the end-users themselves.
The Coalition’s mission is to advocate for federal infrastructure investment to protect
the NEC’s future. Due to the lack of a coordinated effort to motivate Congress to
appropriate the authorized funding, a broad coalition of
end-users is needed that can speak with a unified voice on the value of a vibrant NEC.
The challenge in upholding this critical asset is the amount of funding required, $52 billion
over the next 20 years, in order to reach a state-of-good-repair and accommodate future
growth. According to both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, the corridor’s
rail infrastructure will fail without major investment. A sustained infrastructure
failure of this magnitude portends serious challenges for rail infrastructure in not only the Northeast, but across
the entire United States. According to the Northeast Corridor
Commission, “The loss of the NEC for a single day could cost the country $100 million in
added congestion, productivity losses, and other transportation impacts.” In order to
achieve long term success, Congress must appropriate discretionary funds to establish an
infrastructure funding program.
The goals of the coalition are to: Increase Congressional Appropriations for Amtrak’s capital funding for Northeast Corridor (NEC); to secure multi-year federal funding for the NEC; and to expand the quantity and quality of stakeholders capable of weighing-in and influencing the appropriations process, including those who have not traditionally advocated for NEC infrastructure.