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January 20, 2013

Massachusetts unveils plans to improve rail infrastructure

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in the US has unveiled its 21st-Century Transportation Plan to improve rail infrastructure and services across its service area over the next decade.

CSX Boston Line at Springfield Union Station

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in the US has unveiled its 21st-Century Transportation Plan to improve rail infrastructure and services across its service area over the next decade.

An investment of $362.4m is proposed to rehabilitate the ‘Inland Route’ with a view to support high-speed rail connectivity with New York City in the future.

The scheme involves creating a second track, widening bridges, upgrading signals, installing new train equipment and building or rehabilitating stations between Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts.

MassDOT will invest an additional $113.8m on the Berkshires-New York City rail line to rehabilitate tracks, signals and structures between Pittsfield and the Massachusetts-Connecticut state line, which will support future rail services between Pittsfield and New York City.

"An investment of $362.4m is proposed to rehabilitate the ‘Inland Route’ with a view to support high-speed rail connectivity with New York City in the future."

The budget allocations to regional transit authorities in Pioneer Valley, Berkshire and Franklin have been increased by $32.2m, $3.2m and $1m respectively for financial year 2014 (FY14).

The $1.8bn South Coast Rail Line is to be completed to facilitate movement of diesel-fuelled commuter trains on the Boston-Fall River and Boston-New Bedford routes.

Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) will receive a funding increase of $5.4m in FY14.

In Cape & Islands, the seasonal rail service on weekends between Boston and Hyannis is to be restored at a cost of $20.8m, which includes upgrading rail, grade crossings, bridges and station accessibility.


Image: Around $362.4m will be invested to create a second track, widening bridges, upgrading signals, installing new train equipment, and building or rehabilitating stations between Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts. Photo: courtesy of Sturmovik.

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