A Mid-Century Vision for the Northeast Corridor
You'll learn about:
The Federal Railroad Administration's vision plan for the Northeast Corridor and new concepts being explored for passenger rail service in the Northeast
The economic development potential for cities linked by high-quality rail service
How a programmatic approach can be used to plan for phased implementation of major transportation investments
The Federal Railroad Administration is completing a five-year planning process for the Northeast Corridor rail line. NEC FUTURE—one of the largest vision plans ever undertaken for transportation investment in the United States—establishes a framework and environmental compliance process for significant rail investment to meet the needs of a growing region. Additional capacity, increased train frequency, faster travel times, and coordinated operations across the various NEC railroads would transform the NEC into an integrated network of rail services, with a broader range of service types and more efficient operations than are possible today. The result would be an improved passenger experience, with seamless connections across the NEC and connecting corridors and greater economic integration among Northeast cities. This session will examine the FRA’s vision and its potential benefits for passengers and the Northeast as a whole, as well as the incremental approach needed to implement the investments.
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.
, Glen Allen
Confirmed SpeakerSusan Anderson, AICP, is an Environmental Manager for AECOM. She has over 20 years of experience, primarily focused in environmental planning and the NEPA process for a variety of transportation projects: high speed rail, freight rail, commuter rail, streetcar and light rail, as well as bus transit projects, and transit facilities. She is currently the environmental task leader for the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) NEC FUTURE program, providing leadership on NEPA strategy and the development of the Tier 1 EIS.
Confirmed SpeakerBecky Blatnica, AICP, is an Environmental Protection Specialist with Volpe, National Transportation Systems Center. She has over 16 years of experience working with federal and state agencies on transportation improvements and environmental documentation for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), and she serves as the Federal Railroad Administration's Deputy Program Manager for NEC FUTURE.
, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff
Confirmed SpeakerPam Lebeaux, AICP, PhD, is a Senior Professional Associate at WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, with 30 years of experience in transportation planning, policy, and public involvement. She has designed and implemented public outreach programs for a variety of rail and highway projects, corridor studies, and statewide and regional plans. She currently leads the public outreach task for NEC FUTURE, the Federal Railroad Administration’s Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement for the Northeast Corridor.