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MassDOT Announces almost $3 Million in Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) Grants Posted on Sep 17

MassDOT Announces almost $3 Million in Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) Grants

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced seven grants totaling almost $3 million in awards from the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) to enhance rail and freight access, economic opportunity, and job growth.

Amtrak and MassDOT Announce Re-Start of Second Valley Flyer Roundtrip Train Service in Western and Northern Massachusetts Posted on Jun 23

Amtrak, in conjunction with MassDOT, is re-launching the second round trip of the Valley Flyer on July 26, 2021, a state supported seven day a week passenger train. The train service was reduced on March 30, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic as members of the public were quarantining and traveling less frequently.

MassDOT Opens Next Round of Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications Posted on May 20

MassDOT Opens Next Round of Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will begin to accept applications on Thursday, May 20, for the FY2022 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP). The program supports projects that increase access to freight rail service and preserve or stimulate economic development through the generation of new or expanded rail service which will reduce truck traffic on our roadways, thereby reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

MassDOT Issues Final Report for East-West Passenger Rail Study Posted on Jan 5

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today issued the final report for the East-West Passenger Rail Study, which examines the potential benefits, costs, and investments necessary to connect people in Western Massachusetts communities with Central and Eastern Massachusetts using a passenger rail service that   …Continue Reading MassDOT Issues Final Report for East-West Passenger Rail Study

MassDOT announces $2.42 million in Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) grants Posted on Nov 17

MassDOT announces $2.42 million in Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) grants

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced the awarding of six grants totaling more than $2.42 million from the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) to enhance rail and freight access, economic opportunity, and job growth. IRAP is a competitive state-funded public/private   …Continue Reading MassDOT announces $2.42 million in Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) grants

East-West Passenger Rail Study public meeting, final draft report now available Posted on Oct 20

East-West Passenger Rail Study public meeting, final draft report now available

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that it will be hosting the third public information meeting for the East-West Passenger Rail Study on Thursday, October 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The meeting is being conducted via Zoom, and is   …Continue Reading East-West Passenger Rail Study public meeting, final draft report now available

Baker-Polito Administration Issues New Travel Order Effective Aug. 1 Posted on Jul 24

Baker-Polito Administration Issues New Travel Order Effective Aug. 1

Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced that effective August 1st,  all travelers entering the Commonwealth, including both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home, will be required to comply with a new travel order. The travel order and other information is available at www.mass.gov/MAtraveler.   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Issues New Travel Order Effective Aug. 1

July Fourth Holiday Weekend Posted on Jul 2

July Fourth Holiday Weekend

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising the public for this Fourth of July to consider staying a home due to the pandemic, but if making travel arrangements, to check destinations for the health protocols which are in place and, if driving, plan for trips   …Continue Reading July Fourth Holiday Weekend

MassDOT Opens Next Round of New Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications Posted on Jun 19

MassDOT Opens Next Round of New Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications

MassDOT is announcing that it is now accepting applications for the FY2021 Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP).  The program supports projects that expand or improve rail or freight access, economic opportunity and job growth. IRAP is a competitive state-funded public/private partnership program that provides financial   …Continue Reading MassDOT Opens Next Round of New Industrial Rail Access Program Grant Applications

Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Accelerated MBTA Blue Line Work Posted on May 27

Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Accelerated MBTA Blue Line Work

Governor Charlie Baker, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, General Manager Steve Poftak, and other officials toured ongoing accelerated infrastructure work taking place on the Blue Line at Maverick Station. A full closure of the Blue Line between Bowdoin and Airport Stations began Monday, May   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Accelerated MBTA Blue Line Work