Post Content

New Bedford TIGER Grant, Lt Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined state and local officials today to celebrate the groundbreaking for the historic $20 million project to reconstruct three structurally-deficient rail bridges in New Bedford, funded by the federal stimulus Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant program.   This is the first TIGER grant agreement approved by the Federal Railroad Administration that is moving forward and also the first phase of construction that will advance the South Coast Rail project.   

"This is an historic moment for New Bedford and the future of freight and passenger rail in the region," said Governor Deval Patrick.  "I am pleased that our worthy grant application not only was successful but the first in the nation to be completed, and I wish to thank the FRA for their commitment and cooperation. 

"By partnering with our congressional delegation and local officials, our administration continues to make significant progress towards making commuter rail expansion a reality in the Commonwealth," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.  "In addition to the historic agreement with CSX and the recently awarded funding to support design for South Station's expansion, today marks another milestone as we stay on course to enhance freight and passenger rail in the Southcoast region."

The three structurally-deficient freight rail bridges are more than 100 years old allowing maximum train speeds of only 5 miles per hour.  Currently, these bridges are only used for freight operations, but the reconstruction of the bridges will also support the South Coast Rail project.  By rebuilding the Deane Street, Sawyer Street, and CoggeshallStreetBridges and widening roads below, traffic flow will be improved and freight operations will be enhanced while also supporting future passenger rail for the region.   This project represents the first construction that will directly advance the South Coast Rail project.  Construction is underway with completion in early 2012.  

Written By:

Recent Posts

MBTA Debuts Performance Dashboard 2.0 posted on Jul 29

MBTA Debuts Performance Dashboard 2.0

The MBTA has launched the next phase of the Performance Dashboard that tracks daily reliability levels of the four subway lines and all 170 bus routes. Responding to customer requests, the Performance Dashboard 2.0 now delivers performance trends over time. The updated dashboard also added   …Continue Reading MBTA Debuts Performance Dashboard 2.0

RMV Unveils New Driver’s License and Security Features posted on Jul 26

RMV Unveils New Driver’s License and Security Features

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles today unveiled a new Driver’s License and Mass ID design to be phased in over 5 years at no additional cost to customers. Last updated in 2010, the designs include new security features better protecting the identity of customers   …Continue Reading RMV Unveils New Driver’s License and Security Features

Governor Baker Signs REAL ID Compliance Legislation posted on Jul 26

Governor Baker Signs REAL ID Compliance Legislation

Governor Charlie Baker has signed bipartisan legislation to ensure Massachusetts’ compliance with the federal REAL ID Act, while adopting public safety standards so the Commonwealth’s citizens can continue to enter federal buildings and board domestic flights and ensuring that state credentials are issued to residents   …Continue Reading Governor Baker Signs REAL ID Compliance Legislation