State Rail Plan Update – Meeting Nov 9th

Important public meeting on Wednesday, November 9th at 7 p.m. in Springfield.

This is your chance to speak out and speak up for,

Additional passenger rail service to/from Greenfield, Northampton, and Holyoke

Service on the Boston–Springfield–New Haven rail corridor, as detailed in the recently completed Northern New England Rail Study

All parties with an interest in the future plans for passenger and freight rail service in our region are encouraged to attend this meeting and offer their comments and input to the State Rail Plan Update.

This is the only planned public meeting in Western Mass. before the updated plan is finalized, and the next update to the rail plan will likely not occur before 2021.

 

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Please note:
The Draft 2016 State Rail Plan Update has not been yet been posted on MassDOT’s website. As soon as this document becomes available we will share a link to it.

Note also that we expect that there will be an opportunity for written comment to be submitted as part of the outreach effort. As soon as these details are available they will be shared.

From what we’ve been told, the meeting will probably end at about 8:30 p.m.

 

Further reading

Official State Rail Plan webpage (MassDOT)

2010 State Rail Plan Documents (MassDOT)

49 CFR 266.15 – Requirements for State Rail Plan

State Rail Plan Guidance (Federal Railroad Administration)

 

 

Post last updated: November 8, 2016

Springfield Union Station – Coming Along

On Monday October 24th we took a tour of the soon-to-reopen Union Station building in Springfield to have a look at the progress to date.

The historic building, which has been vacant for many years, will start to return to service in January 2017 — as an intermodal rail and bus station.

As the images below show, a lot of progress has been made — but clearly, a lot of detail work still has to take place over the next few months before the historic station building can re-open to the public.

Thanks are due to Christopher Moskal, the Executive Director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, who led us on this tour.

 

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Looking East | the west side of the terminal building on a blustery October day

 

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Looking East |a few of the new intercity bus bays (on the right)

 

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Some of the bays that will be used by Pioneer Valley Transit Authority’s (PVTA) buses

 

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The north side of the new parking garage (on the right)
and some of the PVTA buses bays (on the left)

 

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A new covered walking path along the south side of the new parking garage (the path connects Main Street to the terminal building)

 

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A view of the main concourse inside the terminal building

 

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Looking south, from the second floor

 

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The main concourse and the passageway under the tracks | ca. 1970s
By Ed Malley | The Republican

 

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Unfinished space on the second floor — waiting to be fitted out for new office tenants

 

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Additional unfinished space on the second floor

 

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Unfinished rentable space on the main floor

 

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On the main floor | the future home of three retail shops

 

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Looking south | into the large passageway that leads under the tracks and to Lyman Street

 

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Looking north | from the passageway, back towards the main concourse
(Note the large set of steel beams supporting the railroad tracks above)

 

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An unfinished stairway leading to Platform C

 

Please note:
Due to the limited amount of time that was available for this tour we were unable to spend any time reviewing the current platform situation at track level. We will review this topic in a future posting.

 

 

Further reading

Springfield Union Station (Trains in the Valley)