WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, met with members of the Northeast Corridor Commission to hear updates on the fiscal year 2018-2022 Capital Investment Plan which identified a nearly $20 billion funding gap for the Northeast Corridor. 

“Twice a day, nearly every Monday through Thursday, I take a Northeast Regional train between my day job in Washington, D.C., and my home in Delaware,” said Senator Carper. “And I’m not the only one. Nearly one million men and women and millions of tons of cargo travel through the Northeast Corridor each day. Without a reliable, healthy Northeast Corridor, billions of dollars of economic productivity would slow to a crawl. The Capital Investment Plan makes crystal clear the much-needed investments in long overdue repairs. We can’t continue to ignore our roads, bridges and railways until they’re in dire straits. We need long-term, sustainable investments in our transportation networks. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and the administration to ensure we’re making smart investments to build a reliable transportation infrastructure that supports a 21st century economy.”

The Northeast Corridor (NEC) provides passenger and freight rail service between Washington, D.C. and Boston, Massachusetts for 800,000 riders and 2,000 trains daily.