In keeping with MassDOT's historic agreement to purchase rail assets from CSX Transportation to improve commuter and freight rail service in Massachusetts, CSX is moving forward with significant upgrades at its freight facility in West Springfield.
CSX is making improvements valued at $10 million. The changes to be complete by the end of 2010 include paving and the laying of additional track to increase freight rail capacity and accommodate "double-stack" freight containers. The "double-stacks" will be made possible beginning in 2012 following work to raise bridges and lower rail beds along rail lines west of Worcester as part of the Commonwealth's agreement to take ownership from CSX of the rail lines from Framingham to Worcester. The result will be freight cars carrying double the amount of freight on the line from Worcester to Springfield. State ownership of the Worcester line will also allow an increase in commuter rail service from Worcester to Boston.
The historic CSX agreement completed in June 2010 also gives the state ownership of the rail line from Southampton Yard to the MassPort terminals in South Boston and the Grand Junction line that crosses the Charles River near Boston University and is the only north-to-south freight rail connection through the city.