MassDOT’s 2017-2021 Capital Investment Plan

MassDOT’s draft five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for highway, aeronautics, rail and transit investments has been released.

Further details on this new Trains in the Valley web page
Infrastructure > MassDOT 2017-2021 Capital Plan

This Capital Investment Plan invests roughly equally on improving the condition of roads and bridges as on rail and rapid transit according to MassDOT, with a heavy emphasis on gradually returning all transportation assets to a State of Good Repair. (This is a good thing.)

Of particular concern (from our perspective) is the lack of capital funding to further support expanded rail service between Springfield and New Haven when the Hartford Line begins service in early 2018.

Unfunded elements include additional new platforms in Springfield (only one is planned at this time), double-tracking of the remaining single track line south of Springfield, and storage tracks for Hartford Line trains in Springfield. 


MassDOT Capital Improvement Plan Public Meeting
Olver Transit Center, Greenfield | April 27, 2016


MassDOT officials are touring the state seeking input on the plan from the public.
[Public Meeting Schedule]

MassDOT is also actively seeking written comments regarding this plan from the public.

We would encourage you to have a look at our review of their the proposal on this page and provide your input to MassDOT.

Public comments may be submitted via email:

Note that comments must be submitted by May 13, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Launch Event Roundup

The Launch Event for at the Platform Sports Bar on April 12th has come and gone and this train has pulled out of the station!

Retired Congressman John Olver and
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz at the Launch Event | April 12, 2016

Thank you everyone who came out to see us on our way! (we had about 45 people in total)

In particular we’d like to thank
Mayor Narkewicz
Retired Congressman Olver
Terry Masterson, Economic Development Director, City of Northampton
Keith Barnicle, District Representative for Congressman McGovern, and
Michael Tautznik, former Mayor of Easthampton

for coming to our event.

We were also very happy to have one railroad in attendance. Milton Brill, the General Manager of the Pioneer Valley Railroad in Westfield was in attendance along with PVRR’s Manager of Marketing and Sales.

If you couldn’t make it to the event you can watch an edited summary of the program on this link:

Trains in the Valley Launch Event video
by Rachel Ayotte | Northampton Community Television
April 12, 2016


Here’s a brief roundup of the news coverage from the event:

“Trains in the Valley advocacy group pushes for more rail in Pioneer Valley”
Jim Kinney | MassLive | April 9, 2016

“Organization Founded To Advocate For More Rail In Pioneer Valley”
Paul Tuthill | WAMC | April 12, 2016

“Trains in the Valley hopes to improve travel in Pioneer Valley”
Jamie Leslie | WGGB/WSHM | April 12, 2016

Live interview with Bob Flaherty
WHMP / April 11, 2016

We also were interviewed by Passenger Train Journal, a printed magazine that is published quarterly.


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