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.
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced
Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board posted on Nov 19
Governor Deval Patrick today appointed Robin Chase to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors. Chase is the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world, Buzzcar, a car-sharing marketplace in France and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. …Continue Reading Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board
McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting posted on Nov 18
MassDOT has assembled a working group for the McGrath Boulevard Project including residents, business owners and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the working group is to inform and advise MassDOT on important community issues affecting the development of a design for the McGrath Boulevard …Continue Reading McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting