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Public Meetings and Hearings

The FRA is committed to an open and transparent public involvement process for NEC FUTURE. To date, the FRA has held over 35 public meetings and hearings and over 250 meetings with agencies, public officials, and railroad operators. The FRA continues to coordinate with stakeholders and provide briefings to interested organizations.

Tier 1 Final EIS Public Meetings

The FRA will hold four informal public meetings on the Preferred Alternative described in the NEC FUTURE Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), including two open houses and two virtual meetings (webinars).

The purpose of these meetings is for the FRA to share information about the Preferred Alternative and the Tier 1 Final EIS, and to answer questions in an informal setting. Please note that these are not public hearings and will not include an opportunity for public testimony.

  • The open house meetings will include information displays and a chance to talk with members of the NEC FUTURE team.
  • The virtual meetings will include a slide presentation followed by an informal question and answer session. Questions for the virtual meetings may be sent to the team in advance at or submitted online during the webinars.
Meetings are scheduled as follows:
  • Springfield, MA Open House on January 25, 2017, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
    60 Congress Street
    Springfield, MA
  • Baltimore, MD Open House on February 1, 2017, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    University of Baltimore, Business Center Atrium
    11 W. Mount Royal Avenue
    Baltimore, MD
  • Virtual Meeting #1 on February 13, 2017, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
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  • Virtual Meeting #2 on February 16, 2017, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
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     View presentation for virtual meetings.

If you require assistance to attend a meeting, please contact us at at least five days prior to the meeting you wish to attend. In the event of inclement weather, meetings may be cancelled; please check this page for updates.

Information on previous public meetings, including presentation materials, can be found below.

Tier 1 Draft EIS Public Hearings

December 2015-January 2016 The FRA held public hearings in each of the states within the NEC FUTURE Study Area during the public comment period on the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 Draft EIS). The hearings included a brief presentation about the Tier 1 Draft EIS, and provided a forum for members of the public to make formal comments on the document. The materials presented at the hearings can be viewed at the following links:

Public hearing dates and locations:

  • 12/9/2015 — Boston, MA
  • 12/14/2015 — New Haven, CT
  • 12/15/2015 — New York, NY
  • 12/16/2015 — Washington, DC
  • 12/17/2015 — Providence, RI
  • 1/11/2016 — Philadelphia, PA
  • 1/12/2016 — Mineola, NY
  • 1/13/2016 — Hartford, CT
  • 1/14/2016 — Baltimore, MD
  • 1/19/2016 — Newark, NJ
  • 1/20/2016 — Wilmington, DE

Public Webinar

September 2015 The FRA held a webinar on September 17, 2015 to share information about the alternatives being evaluated in the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The webinar included an update on NEC FUTURE, the latest information on the No Action and Action Alternatives (refined since last year's Open House Meetings), and an opportunity to ask the FRA NEC FUTURE team questions

Open House Meetings

November 2014 In November 2014, the FRA held a series of open house meetings to introduce the alternatives that would be evaluated in the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. At each open house, display boards were presented outlining the NEC FUTURE program, the Tier 1 EIS Alternatives, and the next steps in the environmental review process. In addition, two informational videos were available. One provided an overview of the NEC FUTURE and the other presented an animation of existing train movements along the NEC. FRA representatives and other NEC FUTURE team members were available to discuss the material and answer questions.

View the Open House Meeting Display Boards [48 MB]
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Video: NEC FUTURE | Video: A Day on the NEC

The open houses were held from 4-7 p.m. in the following locations:

  • New York, NY: November 5, 2014
  • Newark, NJ: November 6, 2014
  • New Haven, CT: November 10, 2014
  • Providence, RI: November 12, 2014
  • Boston, MA: November 13, 2014
  • Washington, D.C. : November 17, 2014
  • Baltimore, MD: November 18, 2014
  • Philadelphia, PA: November 19, 2014
  • Wilmington, DE: November 20, 2014

April Dialogues

April 2013 With the release of the Preliminary Alternatives Report in early April, the FRA held a series of informal workshops to maintain an ongoing discussion with the public.

The April Dialogues were designed to provide a project update, specifically, the process used to develop 15 Preliminary Alternatives. During the workshops, staff presented the components of these alternatives: program levels, services options, and routes. The program levels vary from modest capital investment and service options to dedicated high speed rail and robust regional service. At each level the alternatives present different service options, including new types of service to increase frequency, minimize travel time, or increase the number of "one-seat rides". The routes connect key travel markets. The meetings included small group discussions of these components, as well as potential criteria for use in screening the Preliminary Alternatives. The FRA received valuable feedback at these sessions, which was considered in the alternatives development process.

As with the December Dialogues, workshops were again held in each of the three project regions:

  • Northern Region: Monday, April 8, 2013, 5-7 p.m., New Haven, CT
  • Central Region: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5-7 p.m., Newark, NJ
  • Southern Region: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 5-7 p.m., Washington, DC
  • Webinar, April 18, 2013

December Dialogues

December 2012 In early December 2012, the FRA held a series of informal workshops to continue the discussion with the public that began during the Scoping process.

Two webinars were also offered to accommodate interested persons unable to travel to one of the meeting sites. These took place during the afternoon and evening of December 6.

The December Dialogues were designed to help inform the analysis to be undertaken by the FRA and the development of rail alternatives. During the workshops, staff provided an overview of the project and its focus on travel markets, presented a summary of the comments received during Scoping, and reviewed the framework being used to develop alternatives. The three live meetings included small group discussions of the goals for NEC FUTURE and the passenger service characteristics important in developing and evaluating alternatives. The NEC FUTURE team greatly appreciates the valuable feedback received at these sessions, which will help inform the technical work to be undertaken in 2013. Future workshop locations will rotate to include other states and cities along the corridor.

Workshops were held in each of the three project regions:

  • Northern Region: Monday, December 3, Boston, 5-7 p.m.
  • Central Region: Wednesday, December 5 - New York, 5-7 p.m.
  • Southern Region: Tuesday, December 4 - Philadelphia, 5-7 p.m.

View the December Dialogues Presentation.

Scoping Meetings

August 2012 The first public meetings for NEC FUTURE were Scoping Meetings held in August 2012 in nine locations from Boston to Washington, D.C. Comments received at these meetings and since by email, mail and through this website helped to define the scope of study for the Tier 1 EIS, which was conducted in accordance with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts. The materials presented at the Scoping Meetings are available at the adjacent links.

The Scoping Meeting Presentation provided an overview of the study and process to be followed. Narrated by Rebecca Reyes-Alicea of the FRA, the presentation lasts approximately 7 minutes and outlines some of the issues the corridor faces. The Scoping Meeting Display Boards provided additional information on the study purpose and need, the environmental process being followed, the alternatives development process, and the study schedule.