MassDOT's plan for the next generation of transportation investment in the Commonwealth: The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan includes strategic regional investments across the Commonwealth.
Western Massachusetts, Berkshires
The plan includes passenger rail service connecting Boston and Springfield along the “Inland Route,” and rehabilitation of infrastructure to support rail service between Pittsfield and New York City.
$362.4 million will rehabilitate the “Inland Route” by creating a second track, widening bridges, upgrading signals purchasing train equipment, and constructing or rehabilitating stations. This supports future high-speed rail to New York City via Springfield.
$113.8 million will rehabilitate rail from the Berkshires to New York City, including track, signals and structures between Pittsfield and the Massachusetts-Connecticut state line to support future rail service between Pittsfield and New York City.
The plan funds the I-91 Viaduct in Springfield, a $32.2 million increase to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in FY14, a $3.2 million increase to the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA), and a $1 million increase to the Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA), along with reconstruction of Route 2 in Erving Center, the Mohawk bike and pedestrian trail in North Adams and the Skyline Trail in Hinsdale.
The plan includes an $11.1 million increase in funding for the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) in FY14. The plan also includes $12 million for improvements and safety enhancements at the interchange of I-495 and Route 9 in Westborough, reconstruction of Quinsigamond Avenue from Brosnihan Square to Southbridge Street in Worcester, and resurfacing of Route 119 in Groton and Littleton.
The plan funds completion of the South Coast Rail Line with diesel-fueled commuter trains to connect Boston to Fall River and New Bedford. The $1.8 billion investment is expected to create 3,800 jobs and generate $500 million in new economic activity statewide annually.
The plan also includes a $5.4 million increase in funding for the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) in FY14, interchange improvements at Routes 24 and 140 in Taunton, improvements to Route 6 and Fauce Corner Road in Dartmouth and reconstruction of Route 18 from Cove Street to Griffin Court in New Bedford.
Cape & Islands
The plan restores seasonal rail service on weekends between Boston and Hyannis. The $20.8 million investment will upgrade rail, grade crossings, bridges and station accessibility.
The plan also includes a $5.9 million increase in funding for the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) in FY14, median construction along Route 6 in Bourne and resurfacing Route 6A in Brewster.
Plan Ahead! Columbus Day Holiday posted on Oct 7
MassDOT advises highway travelers to plan ahead for one of the busiest days of the year on state highways this Friday, October 9, ahead of the three-day Columbus Day weekend. The Friday before Columbus Day in a typical recent year has been the busiest or …Continue Reading Plan Ahead! Columbus Day Holiday
MBTA Video: Watch Concord Bridge Roll into Place! posted on Oct 6
As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line, the MBTA replaced the railroad bridge over Route 62/Main Street in Concord with a new bridge rolled into place during one weekend at the end of August. Crews prepared foundations for the new …Continue Reading MBTA Video: Watch Concord Bridge Roll into Place!
MBTA Purchases Dozens of New, High Capacity Buses posted on Oct 6
The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board has approved the purchase of 44, sixty-foot long buses for the Silver Line and other high volume bus routes. The diesel hybrid buses will replace the existing CNG-powered buses that began serving the Silver Line in 2003. The …Continue Reading MBTA Purchases Dozens of New, High Capacity Buses