Impact study released for Northeast Corridor rail line

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 10, 2015 5:09 AM

Photo by AP Photo/David Boe

 (Newark, N.J.) -- A plan to transform the nation's busiest commuter rail line, which includes a portion of the midstate, has reached a milestone. 

The Federal Railroad Administration has released a draft environmental impact statement that looks at three alternatives for the Northeast Corridor between now and 2040. 

The 457-mile Northeast Corridor is the site of regular delays on Amtrak and regional lines, due to 100-year-old infrastructure and crowded tracks. 

The Keystone line runs from Harrisburg to Philadelphia to New York, while the Pennsylvanian goes from Pittsburgh to New York.

Among the more ambitious improvements in consideration are a high-speed rail between Washington, D.C. and Boston, a new rail line connecting Hartford, Connecticut to Providence, Rhode Island, and a rail tunnel from Long Island to Connecticut. 

Federal officials will hold a series of public hearings in December and January before picking one of the alternatives next spring for a final environmental review.  

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