Advocacy

A VISION FOR BETTER NORTHEAST TRANSIT

NECT is working to repair, improve and expand public transit services.

The Northeast region’s transportation infrastructure is crumbling while our roads, railroads, and airports struggle to handle high-volume commuter traffic that surpasses the amount it was designed for.

Transit ridership continues to grow year after year as the Northeast region of the United States becomes more urbanized, yet there is little money on both the state and federal level to invest more in transit. In fact, while overcrowding has lowered the quality of many public transit services, some state governments’ public transit subsidies are dwindling, which results in service cuts and fare hikes.

NECT does not believe in paying more for bad service. We advocate for investing in a frequent, reliable and comprehensive transit network to better serve the growing population and employment base of our region’s communities.

OUR APPROACH

Repair, maintain and upgrade transit infrastructure for reliable service in all conditions:

  • Eliminate breakdowns and delays by upgrading rail infrastructure to modern standards.
  • Find a long-term dedicated funding source for public transportation.
  • Create holistic transportation solutions that benefit commuters and communities.

Increase capacity on rail and bus lines to relieve overcrowding and provide frequent, reliable service:

  • Replace the Northeast Corridor’s aging and damaged trans-Hudson River rail tunnels.
  • Develop strong “trunk line” corridors for transit on busiest rail and bus routes by upgrading infrastructure, increasing capacity, and improving service quality.
  • Replace outdated rail and bus rolling stock to reduce breakdowns and promote a healthier environment.
  • Simplify fares on public transit to create a more predictable, user-friendly and easy to understand transit network.
  • Coordination of service between the various transit agencies serving Northeast commuters.

Invest in a strategic plan for network unification and expansion:

  • Transform commuter rail and light rail into the backbone of Northeast transportation.
  • Design a comprehensive system of local and express bus routes to operate in tandem with rail service.
  • Restore passenger rail service on abandoned routes throughout the Northeast.
  • Develop a unified marketing strategy to improve signage and make riding public transit in the Northeast more user-friendly, especially for new passengers.