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.
Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase posted on Aug 20
Governor Deval Patrick today announced an agreement in principle allowing the Commonwealth to purchase the Knowledge Corridor rail line between East Northfield and Springfield from Pan Am Southern, a joint venture of Pan Am and Norfolk Southern. The 49-mile segment of rail is currently undergoing …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase
Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Aug 19
MassDOT announced the successful opening of the new Morton Street Bridge in Mattapan more than a full day ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The original structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the MBTA commuter rail tracks closed on Friday, August 8 for final …Continue Reading Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule
Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens posted on Aug 18
MassDOT’s Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola today joined state and local officials in celebrating the opening of the new Padelford Street Bridge in Berkley. The $5.65 million project used fast track “Design Build” rapid construction techniques to replace the bridge structure. The result: a limited …Continue Reading Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens