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.”