Post Content

Stockbridge- Rail Station, February 1, 2013The 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 includes $12.13 million to acquire the line and an estimated $35 million for initial track improvements, funded by the 2014 Transportation Bond Bill approved by the legislature. The Berkshire Line extends approximately 37 miles from the Connecticut border in Sheffield through Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lee, and Lenox to Pittsfield, where it joins the CSXT Railroad main line.

“Studies have shown that a Berkshire County rail connection to New York City would be a winner, with more than one million rides annually,” said Secretary Davey. “This purchase and the initial upgrades in the line represent historic steps toward improved access to the Berkshires for tourists and residents alike.”

The initial track improvements will permit the operation of passenger trains but serve freight trains until the Connecticut portion of the project is completed. A final round of track improvements will be required along with improvements on the Connecticut portion of the line prior to the start of passenger rail service. The Transportation Bond Bill included $113 million for the purchase and Massachusetts portion of the track improvements.
A date for the beginning of passenger service is dependent upon completion of the upgrades in both states.

 

Written By:

Recent Posts

Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Transportation Municipal Grant Programs posted on Jan 19

Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Transportation Municipal Grant Programs  FRAMINGHAM – Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky and other officials joined community members in Framingham to highlight the successes achieved through several Baker-Polito Administration   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Highlights Transportation Municipal Grant Programs

MassDOT Winter Storm Advisory posted on Jan 16

MassDOT Winter Storm Advisory   Overnight snow, freezing rain, and heavy winds anticipated across statewide regions Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time and delay trips if possible    BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is advising travelers that a strong fast-moving   …Continue Reading MassDOT Winter Storm Advisory

MassDOT Travel Advisory: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 17 posted on Jan 14

MassDOT Travel Advisory:  Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 17 Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Service Center locations closed Boston-Quincy I-93 HOV lane opens early today at 1 p.m.; no deployment Monday On Monday, MBTA subways, buses, and The RIDE will operate on   …Continue Reading MassDOT Travel Advisory: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 17