Post Content

MBTA South Station Expansion Design The Patrick-Murray Administration has submitted formal application for federal High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail funds for the design phase of the Boston South Station Expansion Project.

The $32.5 million grant application if approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration would fund the environmental permitting and design phase of the expansion project, which includes relocating the United State Postal Service facility and constructing seven new tracks at South Station.  The expansion will support a significant increase in Amtrak Acela Express High Speed Rail service to Boston along with planned MBTA commuter rail service expansion.

The South Station High Speed Rail Project will:

•    Construct seven new station tracks, expanding South Station capacity from 13 to 20 tracks;
•    Relocate the United States Postal Service facility to facilitate the expansion;
•    Reconfigure three critical track interlockings.

In the long term, the project will provide for excess capacity to allow further service expansion beyond those currently planned for Amtrak and commuter rail.  The project has received strong support from Amtrak and the U.S. Postal Service. 

The South Station Project application is part of the latest round of applications under the High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail program and follows earlier successful grant applications by Massachusetts and other New England states. 

In January 2010, the Patrick-Murray Administration announced the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $70 million in High Speed Rail federal stimulus funds for final design and construction of the “Knowledge Corridor” along the Connecticut River rail line in western Massachusetts.   The $70 million grant award was part of $485 million in stimulus funds invested to improve rail lines in the Northeast Corridor.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Secretary Pollack Welcomes July COMTO National Meeting to Boston posted on May 27

Secretary Pollack Welcomes July COMTO National Meeting to Boston

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack is pleased to welcome the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) 44th National Meeting & Training Conference to Boston, July 11–14, 2015. Secretary Pollack joins Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Honorary Chairs of the Conference. In addition to   …Continue Reading Secretary Pollack Welcomes July COMTO National Meeting to Boston

Fall River Route 79 Project: Ramp Closures May 28 posted on May 26

Fall River Route 79 Project: Ramp Closures May 28

MassDOT will close the on-ramps to I-195 east and westbound from Route 79/138 and Broadway northbound, and from Central Street at Durfee Street/Milliken Boulevard on Thursday, May 28. The closures are necessary to demolish and reconstruct the last two elevated bridges as part of the   …Continue Reading Fall River Route 79 Project: Ramp Closures May 28

MassDOT, Mapfre Insurance Encourage Safe Summer Driving posted on May 24

MassDOT, Mapfre Insurance Encourage Safe Summer Driving

In time for Memorial Day, the kick-off to the summer driving season, MassDOT Acting Highway Administrator Thomas Tinlin joined MAPFRE Insurance in reminding motorists to adhere to speed limits, obey traffic laws and avoid distracted driving when traveling during the summer months. According to data   …Continue Reading MassDOT, Mapfre Insurance Encourage Safe Summer Driving