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.
South Station Expansion: 1980s Renovation posted on Jan 31
The South Station Expansion project is about improving transportation service through more train tracks and redesigned platforms; upgraded switches, signals, and other infrastructure; and new passenger amenities. The proposed expansion will protect and prepare the station for future demand as other efforts have done over …Continue Reading South Station Expansion: 1980s Renovation
New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Public Meeting Set posted on Jan 29
MassDOT is conducting a study of the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Corridor, a bridge that spans New Bedford Harbor. The swing bridge connecting the communities of New Bedford and Fairhaven is functionally obsolete, constrains marine traffic, and its opening results in extensive vehicle delays. This study …Continue Reading New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Public Meeting Set
Winter Storm Update: Travel Ban Lifted, MBTA Open posted on Jan 28
The statewide travel ban has been lifted as of midnight. Motorists, especially those in the City of Boston and Eastern counties, are asked to use caution as MassDOT crews continue to plow and clear state roadways and ramps. Parking bans are still in effect in …Continue Reading Winter Storm Update: Travel Ban Lifted, MBTA Open