The Patrick Administration today took the next steps to dramatically improve passenger rail, submitting a formal application for High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail federal stimulus funds. The proposals submitted in this first round of applications would support two key projects:
1. Knowledge Corridor – Connecticut River Line
This $68 million project will rehabilitate the Connecticut River line to allow Amtrak to reroute Vermonter service to this line providing faster service and restored access to the cities of Northampton, and Greenfield. The application would support final design and construction.
2. Inland Route between Boston and Springfield
The Inland Route connects the cities of Springfield, Worcester, and Boston. This route was designed as a high-speed rail corridor by the Federal Railroad Administration but currently operates at regular speeds. Upgrading the Inland Route to high-speed standards between Boston and Springfield would require improvements including restoring double track between Worcester and Springfield. The application seeks funding for engineering work to prepare for the double-tracking, with applications for additional project components to follow in future rounds.
Additional applications for individual “ready-to-go” projects will be due on October 2, 2009.
Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure posted on May 22
MassDOT will close the Washington Avenue Bridge in Chelsea on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 AM as part of the Silver Line Gateway Project. Appropriate detour signs will be in place to redirect traffic and pedestrians, and identify relocated bus stops. The bridge closure is …Continue Reading Chelsea: Silver Line Gateway Project Bridge Closure
MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service posted on May 22
The first MBTA Green Line refurbished trolley car was returned to service this week. T personnel are completing test runs on the next refurbished car to return to service in the coming days. These are the first of 86 that are being refurbished. All 86 …Continue Reading MBTA: Refurbished Green Line Trolleys Returning to Service
Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend! posted on May 20
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is expected Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between 1pm …Continue Reading Travel Safely Memorial Day Weekend!