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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is the lead federal agency for the NEC FUTURE program. The FRA has worked closely with a number of key partners, including:

  • The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), a cooperating agency on the Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
  • The NEC Commission, an organization established through federal legislation to promote mutual cooperation and planning for the NEC
  • Railroad operators (including Amtrak, eight commuter rail authorities, and freight railroads)
  • State and federal agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and local jurisdictions along the NEC

The FRA coordinated with state and federal environmental resource and regulatory agencies throughout the NEC FUTURE program. In 2012, NEC FUTURE was selected for participation in a pilot project on environmental collaboration. The year-long pilot project was a unique partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) intended to promote early collaboration with federal and state environmental agencies for efficient environmental decision-making. The pilot project helped to identify best practices for environmental collaboration during a complex, multi-state planning process. It also provided a foundation for ongoing agency coordination, including a Statement of Principles to guide future communication with resource and regulatory agencies.


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