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.
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced
Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board posted on Nov 19
Governor Deval Patrick today appointed Robin Chase to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors. Chase is the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world, Buzzcar, a car-sharing marketplace in France and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. …Continue Reading Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board
McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting posted on Nov 18
MassDOT has assembled a working group for the McGrath Boulevard Project including residents, business owners and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the working group is to inform and advise MassDOT on important community issues affecting the development of a design for the McGrath Boulevard …Continue Reading McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting