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.
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The efforts of more than 170 Massachusetts businesses, colleges, and universities, who promote active, healthy, and sustainable commute options, were celebrated today for helping Massachusetts to reduce traffic congestion, to promote healthy lifestyles, and benefit the environment. The Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards …Continue Reading Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options
Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work posted on Mar 26
MassDOT on Saturday, March 28 will begin preparing to dismantle the downstream “salt and pepper” towers as part of the Longfellow Bridge Restoration Project. MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), coordinated with the cities of Cambridge and Boston as well as the MBTA to begin dismantling …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work