Tim Murray, Lieutenant Governor
"At the end of the day, we all want the same things. We want to see our freight and passenger rail systems thrive and grow. To do so, however, will require the parties to come together and work in a spirit of true partnership."
Those words from Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and U.S. Representative Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) follow news that a federal Government Accountability Office report found no national standard about liability in case of a rail accident.
The Commonwealth last fall announced a comprehensive multi-year rail transportation agreement with CSX Corporation to purchase CSX track in several key corridors including Framingham-Worcester to increase options for commuters and lay the groundwork for improving the flow of product shipments.
General agreement was reached on all major elements except liability- who should be responsible for damages if there is an accident involving freight and passenger trains. The state seeks to ensure there is a fault-based liability arrangement to protect taxpayers, with each party responsible for damages if it is at fault.
Read the complete comments by Lieutenant Governor Murray and U.S. Representative McGovern.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette story is here.
Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August posted on Jul 22
MassDOT’s contractor is scheduled to begin the next stage of construction on the Longfellow Bridge in August 2016 now that the MBTA Red Line trains have been moved to their new locations. In this stage, bridge rehabilitation work will occur under the MBTA outbound track. …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August
Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station posted on Jul 21
MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin today joined local legislators to break ground on the Assabet River Rail Trail construction project in Maynard. The $6.7 million project links the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge with the downtown Maynard business district as well as the MBTA South …Continue Reading Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station
Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations posted on Jul 20
MassDOT has announced that “Fast Charging” Stations for Electric Vehicles will be available at I-90 Service Plazas beginning later this year. Depending upon the electric vehicle and the state of its current charge, the stations will charge an electric vehicle to at least 80% power …Continue Reading Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations