the Northeast Corridor


The Northeast Corridor is an electrified railway line in the Northeast megalopolis of the United States.

The Northeast megalopolis is the most heavily urbanized region of the United States, running primarily northeast to southwest from the northern suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, to the southern suburbs of Washington, D.C., in Northern Virginia.

Rail terminology is a form of technical terminology.

Trains On The Northeast Corridor by Millenniumforce


Owned primarily by Amtrak, it runs from Boston through New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore to Washington, D.C..

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States.

Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fifth-most populous in the United States, with an estimated population in 2014 of 1,560,297.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as "Washington", "the District", or simply "D.C.", is the capital of the United States.

Amtrak Northeast Corridor Run-bys: 2000-2001 by Brian Shaffer


The NEC closely parallels Interstate 95 for most of its length, and is the busiest passenger rail line in the United States by ridership and service frequency as of 2013.

Interstate 95 is the main Interstate Highway on the East Coast of the United States, running largely parallel to the Atlantic Ocean and U.S. Highway 1, serving areas between Florida and New England inclusive.


Branches to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Springfield, Massachusetts, though not considered part of the Northeast Corridor, see frequent service from routes that run largely on the corridor.

Springfield is a city in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States.

Harrisburg is the capital city of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and the county seat of Dauphin County.


The corridor is used by many Amtrak trains, including the high-speed Acela Express, intercity trains, and several long-distance trains.

The Acela Express is Amtrak's flagship service along the Northeast Corridor in the Northeast United States between Washington DC and Boston via 14 intermediate stops including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.


Most of the corridor also has frequent commuter rail service, operated by the MBTA, Shore Line East, Metro-North Railroad, New Jersey Transit, SEPTA, and MARC.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is a regional public transportation authority that operates various forms of public transit services—bus, subway and elevated rail, commuter rail, light rail and electric trolleybus—that serve 3.9 million people in five counties in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

New Jersey Transit Corporation, marketed as NJ Transit, is a state-owned public transportation system serving the US state of New Jersey; along with portions of New York, Orange, and Rockland counties in New York State; and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania.

The Metro-North Commuter Railroad, trading as MTA Metro-North Railroad or simply Metro-North, is a suburban commuter rail service run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a public authority of the state of New York.


Several companies run freight trains over sections of the NEC.


Much of the line is built for speeds higher than the 79 mph allowed on many U.S. tracks.


Amtrak can operate intercity Northeast Regional and Keystone Service trains at up to 125 mph, as well as North America's only high-speed train, the Acela Express, which runs up to 150 mph on several sections in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Amtrak's 195-mile Keystone Service provides frequent higher speed passenger train service along the Amtrak part owned Keystone Corridor between the Harrisburg Transportation Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.


Acela covers the 225 miles between New York and Washington, D.C., in under 3 hours, and the 229 miles between New York and Boston in under 3.5 hours.


Under Amtrak's $151 billion Northeast Corridor plan, which hopes to roughly halve travel times by 2040, trips between New York and Washington would take 94 minutes.

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