Program Benefits

The Eastern Corridor Program has been developed through extensive economic development, land use visioning and environmental impact studies which were conducted in close collaboration with the Eastern Corridor communities. When complete, the program will:

  • Ease travel through the region and facilitate economic growth and development
  • Establish safer and more efficient travel connections
  • Provide additional non-car travel options within the Corridor
  • Reduce congestion, travel times and daily wear on local roadways and highways
  • Eliminate up to 50 million vehicle miles of travel from the region’s roadways each year, reducing fuel consumption, air pollution and accidents
  • Support the land use, economic development and environmental stewardship visions developed in concert with Eastern Corridor communities

In addition, the Eastern Corridor Program will:

  • More effectively link Eastern Corridor communities with key employment, economic and social centers
  • Incorporate the use of existing transportation corridors as much as possible
  • Use parallel corridors for multiple transportation modes (such as roadway, rail transit and bikeways) when possible
  • Develop transfer stations and transit hubs located in key density areas
  • Establish more effective roadway links that will improve bus route efficiency


As part of the Eastern Corridor’s Tier 1 program study efforts, a Benefit/Cost Analysis and travel demand modeling were performed to estimate how the Eastern Corridor transportation network would function with the proposed Eastern Corridor multi-modal improvements in place.  Computer-based models were used to account for where people live, where they work, other travel destinations, movement of freight, likely transit usage, costs and other factors in making projections for the year 2030.

Travel demand modeling results showed that, when compared to a “No-Build” scenario in which the improvements would not be made, the Eastern Corridor Program would offer the following benefits:

  • People would spend 21,000 fewer hours in their automobiles each day due to better connections and less bottlenecks
  • People would experience an average of 15,000 fewer hours of congestion-related travel delays each day
  • People would travel an average of 137,000 fewer miles each day (50 million fewer vehicle miles each year) due to more efficient network connections and options

Click here to see a further summary of study results.