The NEC FUTURE program will identify and evaluate a full range of alternatives to meet the region's long term transportation needs. The study will provide sufficient information to support an FRA decision to fund and implement a major investment, or investment in a series of projects, in a passenger rail corridor. The scope of study has two major components:
Together, these components form a Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan (PRCIP), in accordance with the guidelines established by the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA). The PRCIP is a foundation for future project development including engineering design, Tier 2 environmental reviews, environmental permitting and construction.