U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined Connecticut's Governor and Congressional leaders along with MBTA GM Richard Davey in riding the morning train today from New Haven to Hartford, touting federal investment in New England's Vision for High Speed Rail service.
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Springfield, joined the group at the state capitol in Hartford to discuss the regional multi-state rail plans working with Amtrak to enhance commuter service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield and north to Vermont.
The U.S. DOT in January awarded Massachusetts $70 million for final design and construction of the “Knowledge Corridor” along the Connecticut River rail line in western Massachusetts, a competitive federal stimulus grant award as part of the High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail program.
Connecticut and Vermont received separate grants totaling $90 million to upgrade the New Haven to Springfield and Vermont portion of the line. The result will be improvements all along the corridor serving the Amtrak Vermonter line, with service rerouted to provide a more direct route, faster service and restored access to the cities of Northampton and Greenfield.
MassDOT’s Rail & Transit Division will oversee the Connecticut River line project construction, which is expected to take approximately two years and begin during the 2010 construction season. Learn more about MassDOT's Hi-Speed Intercity Rail projects.
Tobin Bridge: All-Electronic Tolling Begins Monday, July 21 posted on Jul 18
Effective Monday, July 21, prior to the morning commute, tolling on the Tobin Bridge will convert to the all-electronic format. The new toll system will eliminate the need for customers to pay the toll in cash. The system is equipped to read E-ZPass transponders for …Continue Reading Tobin Bridge: All-Electronic Tolling Begins Monday, July 21
MassDOT Berkshire Rail Line Purchase posted on Jul 17
The MassDOT Board of Directors has authorized MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey to execute an agreement to purchase the Berkshire Line from the Housatonic Railroad Company, a major step toward delivering passenger rail service between New York City and the Berkshires. The agreement …Continue Reading MassDOT Berkshire Rail Line Purchase
E-ZPass Transponder Sign Up: Saugus, Chelsea posted on Jul 16
MassDOT is encouraging motorists to join E-ZPass as All-Electronic Tolling is being implemented this summer on the Tobin Bridge. The E-ZPass Street Team will be enrolling new customers in the E-ZPass program throughout the region in the coming weeks. E-ZPass is free to join and …Continue Reading E-ZPass Transponder Sign Up: Saugus, Chelsea