Partnership Planning for the Northeast Corridor
You'll learn about:
Facilitating consensus-driven decision-making
Creating tools to share information and collaborate across agencies
Communicating complex technical information to decision-makers
The sustainability of service on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) is at risk. Many of its tunnels and bridges date back to a period between the Civil War and the New Deal. Service disruptions due to infrastructure failures already occur regularly. A complete loss of service would have environmental and economic sustainability consequences by pushing more commuters and intercity travelers onto congested highway and aviation networks, costing the country an estimated $100 million per day.
The NEC’s partners are committed to modernizing their shared rail network. As this expansive asset crosses many jurisdictions and serves many varied stakeholders, a new framework for capital investment is under development in which the federal government, state governments, and rail service providers are collaborating in unprecedented ways.
Congress created the Northeast Corridor Commission in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) to promote cooperative planning and investment. It is composed of one member from each of the NEC states and the District of Columbia; four members from Amtrak; and five members from the USDOT. Learn how these stakeholders are improving cross-agency planning, transparency, and accountability to achieve greater results than any one agency could alone.
, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Confirmed SpeakerRich Andreski, Bureau Chief for Public Transportation at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, is responsible for the statewide transit system that serves 84 million people annually on buses, trains, ferries and ridesharing & paratransit services. Currently, Rich is working to implement a multi-billion dollar capital program to rebuild aging infrastructure, introduce new rail service on the Hartford Line in 2018, and improve the overall customer experience through better scheduling, new fare technologies and facility improvements. Rich has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from Rutgers University. He worked for NJ TRANSIT for the last 17 years, most recently as Director, Trans-Hudson Project Planning.
Confirmed SpeakerBryan Rodda is a planner and policy analyst in the Passenger Rail Policy Division of the Federal Railroad Administration, a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. In this role, he supports USDOT’s membership in the Northeast Corridor Commission, including capital planning and reporting activities. He also provides guidance and oversight of Amtrak capital and asset plans. Bryan holds a Master’s Degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Confirmed SpeakerAlex Flemming, AICP, is an Infrastructure Planning Manager within the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Investment Development group at Amtrak, and is based in Philadelphia , PA. He is heavily involved in the capital planning and programing activities that directly support the collaborative NEC Commission process. Prior to joining Amtrak, Alex previously worked for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority - also a member of the NEC Commission. Born and raised in London, England, Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Geography, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and History from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
, Northeast Corridor Commission
Confirmed SpeakerDonnie Maley is Director, Planning of the Northeast Corridor Commission, an intergovernmental organization created by Congress to coordinate planning and investment in the shared commuter, intercity, and freight rail network between Boston and Washington. Prior to joining Commission staff, he was a consultant with Parsons Transportation Group in Philadelphia. Raised in Connecticut, Donnie holds a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Master of Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.