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.
Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens posted on Mar 23
MassDOT has announced that the Belmont Street Bridge that carries Route 9 over Interstate 290 in Worcester is now open to its permanent configuration. The bridge now features two eastbound lanes toward Shrewsbury, two westbound lanes toward Lincoln Square and a newly-added, left-turn lane through …Continue Reading Worcester: Belmont Street Bridge Opens
Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension posted on Mar 23
MassDOT is pleased to announce an agreement to extend MAPFRE Insurance’s sponsorship of the Highway Assistance Patrol program (HAP) through March 2018. This extension marks the 15th year of partnership between MassDOT and MAPFRE in providing excellent customer service and safe, quick clearance on the …Continue Reading Highway Assistance Patrol Program: MAPFRE Sponsorship Extension
South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change posted on Mar 22
The Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) for the South Coast Rail (SCR) Project with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office on March 15, 2017. The Notice advances South Coast Rail as a phased project that …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Notice of Project Change