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Area states, agencies set to pay more to maintain NEC

Posted on June 24, 2015

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NEW YORK — Northeastern states and transit agencies are being asked to pay more to maintain the heavily traveled Northeast rail corridor between Washington and Boston that they share with Amtrak, The Inquirer reported.

The new cost-sharing plan for the Northeast Corridor is due to take effect Oct. 1, although Massachusetts has objected because of the prospect that the plan "may mark the beginning of a devolution of federal responsibility down to the states."

In December, the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission voted, 17-1, to approve a new cost-sharing policy, designed to spread the burden for spending $425 million a year for the next three years for maintenance and upgrades on the corridor. Then the cost would rise to $530 million a year. For the full story, click here.

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