Summary of Tier 1 Draft EIS Comments Now Available (7/28/16)
NEC FUTURE is the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) comprehensive plan for improvements to the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail line from Washington, D.C., to Boston, Massachusetts. The FRA released the NEC FUTURE Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public comment in November 2015. During the public comment period, the FRA heard from over 3,200 individuals, agencies, and organizations. These comments have been instrumental in the FRA's process to identify a Preferred Alternative for evaluation in the Tier 1 Final EIS.
A summary of comments is now available on the NEC FUTURE website at www.necfuture.com, along with the full set of submissions received. The Comment Summary Report describes the main themes expressed in the comments and how the FRA is using this feedback to identify a Preferred Alternative. The FRA will announce the Preferred Alternative this year.
As FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg said today, "The input we've received from the public throughout this process has been, and continues to be, absolutely critical. Thousands of individuals, as well elected leaders and other stakeholders representing millions more, have attended public hearings, submitted comments, and voiced their opinions and preferences about their priorities and preferences for the NEC. The NEC is critical infrastructure for more than a dozen states, tens of millions of people, and is the lifeblood of the economy for the area. We are grateful for the public's interest in this process and in the corridor itself, and look forward to continuing to work closely with the public and their representatives as this process continues."
Many thanks to all who submitted comments, and for your ongoing interest in defining a future investment program for the NEC.
NEC FUTURE Team
Town of Old Lyme summary of meeting with Federal Railroad Administration NEC Futures Team to discuss the Saybrook, CT to Kenyon, RI bypass of the Alternative 1 proposal is now posted on the website for review. The FRA response, received this week, is also posted.
First Selectwoman Reemsnyder submitted a statement to the Federal Railroad Administration in regards to the NEC Futures Plan (NorthEast Corridor). Alternative 1, with a capital cost of $66 billion, provides for upgrades to the existing rail line, but also adds a 50-mile line from Old Saybrook, CT to Kenyon, RI, right through the heart of Old Lyme.
You can also mail your comments to
U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration
One Bowling Green, Suite 429
New York, NY 10004