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.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement