Transportation Secretary James Aloisi on behalf of the Patrick-Murray Administration joined New England state transportation leaders at a New England rail summit in Vermont August 3 to present on the New England Governors' shared Rail Vision. Read the Globe story.
New England states are working together on a multi-state plan, including application for federal stimulus funds under the $8 billion High Speed and Intercity Rail initiative in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Recognizing the interdependency of our transportation systems, the New England states have come together responding to this challenge with a bold vision for rail in our region and commitment to work together to support our collective efforts.
Strengthening passenger and freight rail service in Massachusetts will connect urban areas, promote economic growth, move goods and people more efficiently, and support sustainable growth and livable communities.
The Massachusetts rail vision has identified more than $2.5 billion in projects along four major corridors, along with additional projects to support freight and commuter rail. The four include:
• Knowledge Corridor (Springfield to East Northfield)
• Inland Route (Springfield to Boston)
• South Coast Rail (Boston to Fall River & New Bedford)
• Downeaster Corridor (Boston to Portland, ME)
Learn more about the New England and Massachusetts High Speed and Intercity Rail projects and applications here.
Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update posted on Aug 21
MassDOT next week will begin preparations to replace the Route 2 Bridges over I-95 in Lexington by implementing a traffic shift on Route 2 east and westbound. The work to prepare for the shift requires lane closures from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM …Continue Reading Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update
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