Welcome to Trains In The Valley!

Vermonter arrival in Northampton on Day 1
December 22, 2014

TrainsInTheValley.org is the website of Trains In The Valley, a grassroots community organization whose purpose is to advocate for improved and expanded passenger and freight rail service in the Pioneer Valley region of western Massachusetts.

Although the site has a significant amount of content you will find that we focused, for the most part, only on topics that directly relate to the rail scene here in the Pioneer Valley.

Most of the information that we make available here on this website is available to the public through organizations such as Amtrak, MassDOT, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the Federal Railroad Administration, and other organizations.

However, because of each organization publishes its information, news, meetings and developments in different ways, it can happen that key information may not always reach the broader public quickly or clearly.

We want rail passengers, rail advocates and other stakeholders to have easy access to information on the past, present and future of rail service in our area. Our hope also is that we are able to increase the overall transparency of the discussion surrounding this topic.

The menu at the top of this page can be used to navigate to information on the site or you can simply use the search box.

The section headings in the main menu (at the top of each page) will lead you to the follow topical pages on the site —

About us
Transparency & Accountability
Questions and Answers
Reports & Studies
◊ NNEIRI Study (linked on Reports & Studies page)
Related Groups
File Cabinet

Join Us

Passenger Rail
Travel Options
– Greenfield
– Holyoke
– Northampton
– Springfield
– Windsor Locks CT
Take the Train to MGM Springfield
Take the Train to The Big E (seasonal)
Hartford Line
◊ Printed timetable locations (linked on Hartford Line page)
Amtrak Vermonter
Future Service
– Expanded Knowledge Corridor Service (June 2019)
– Vermonter Extension to Montreal (In Planning)
East–West Passenger Rail Study
Vermonter Performance

Freight Rail
Freight Railroads
Freight Rail Customers
Railroad Jobs in the Valley
Industrial Rail Access Program

Connecticut River Line
Current Projects
◊ Greenfield platform extension project (linked on the Current Projects page)
◊ Northampton platform extension project (linked on the Current Projects page)
◊ Springfield Underpass (linked on the Current Projects page)
Completed Projects
◊ Northampton Underpass (linked on the Current Projects page)
MassDOT Capital Investment Plan
– 2017–2021 CIP
– 2018–2022 CIP Update
– 2019–2023 CIP Update

Railroad Crossing Safety
Railroad Crossings of Note
Photography near Tracks and Trains

Get Involved
Contact Us
Photographers Needed
Our Events
Intro to Government and Rail
Contact Elected Officials
Contact a Transit Provider
Contact the Media
Rail Bills | Mass. Legislature


Individual pages can be accessed by using the menu structure at the top of each page, or by accessing the website’s SiteMap.

We also publish an on-line newsletter called the Rail News Roundup every 3-4 weeks with the latest rail from the region. If you would like to notified (by email) when we release a new edition of our newsletter please use the Subscribe link below.

Additionally, from time to time we publish topical articles on specific newsworthy subjects that we think could be of interest to the larger community.

We also maintain a group on Facebook where we also post current news and developments. Note that we make it a point to not post more than one time a day, at most. The Facebook page can be accessed on this link: facebook.com/trainsinthevalley


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Post updated: November 26, 2018