Rail News Roundup #4

 

The latest regional rail news from Trains In The Valley

Today’s Reports

• Northampton Underpass Nears Completion

• Peter Pan Moving to Union Station on September 6th

• Updated Springfield Union Station Parking Rates

• Video | Hartford Line Track Construction Machine Makes Progress

• Transit Oriented Development on the Hartford Line

 

Trains In The Valley website updates

About > Transparency & Accountability

Safety > Railroad Crossing Safety

 

Calendar

Knowledge Corridor Transportation Conference
Springfield Union Station
October 18, 2017 | 7:45 am – 11:55 am | Free

 

Northampton Underpass Nears Completion

Construction progress image of the new bicycle/pedestrian underpass
Northampton, Ma. | Behind the Walgreens – looking South | August 20, 2017

Work on the new bicycle and pedestrian underpass in Northampton is nearing completion.

Last week the contractor was working on the final grading and hardscape work at the site. Paving of the access ramps on either side of the underpass would appear to be next.

It would appear that MassDOT and its contractor for this project Northern Construction are well on their way towards completing this project on-time.

Further reading

Infrastructure > Current projects > Northampton Underpass

 


Peter Pan Moving to Union Station on September 6th

Intercity bus bays at Springfield Union Station | June 25, 2017

Peter Pan Bus Lines has announced that they plan to move their regional hub to Springfield Union Station on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017.

On this date all Peter Pan and Greyhound bus services and ticket sales will move into the newly renovated Union Station complex.

In related news, Peter Pan has announced that it will end its 19-year partnership with Greyhound Lines on September 27th. According to this article in MassLive, “the move will allow Peter Pan to offer paperless boarding on all its routes, more express service and to be on-time more often.”

 


Updated Union Station Garage Parking Rates

People have asked about the cost to park at the new Union Station Garage in Springfield.

The parking rate is calculated as $1.50 for the first 30 minutes and then $2.00 for each additional hour — up to a maximum of $20 for the day. Longer term rates are also available.

The current rates are shown on these display screens on each parking kiosk at the garage.

Parking kiosk display screen 1
Union Station Garage | August 18, 2017
Parking kiosk display screen 2
Union Station Garage | August 18, 2017

Note that Ken’s Parking, at 73 Taylor Street, has a day rate that starts at $10.

Further reading

Passenger Rail > Amtrak Stations > Springfield Union Station

 


Track Construction Machine Makes Progress in Connecticut

In July 2017, the NHHS Rail Program captured the Track Construction Machine (TCM) in operation as it layed new track in Berlin, Connecticut. By utilizing an unmanned aerial vehicle, video crews were able to provide the public with a “bird’s-eye” view of the 250-ton machine, which can assemble up to 1,000 feet of track per hour in ideal conditions, totaling over one mile of track per day.

This summer the TCM layed ten miles of new track between Meriden and Newington. Later this fall, it will return to lay an additional four miles of new track between Hartford and Windsor.

The CTrail Hartford Line commuter rail service — which will operate between Springfield, Hartford and New Haven — is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Further reading

Passenger rail > Future Service > CTrail Hartford Line


Transit Oriented Development on the Hartford Line

“There is action near the station as development ramps up”
By Tom Condon | The Connecticut Mirror | July 27, 2017

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects take off near future CTrail Hartford Line stations in Connecticut.

Key takeaways from the article —

“Dozens of communities [in Connecticut] — Windsor, Windsor Locks, Wallingford, Branford, Stamford, Norwalk, New Britain, Westport and others — have TOD studies or projects underway.”

“Towns have to get the zoning right. Most communities that embrace TOD create overlay zones around stations to encourage mixed-use development.”

“Towns must get the parking right. A railroad station surrounded by acres of surface parking is not transit-oriented development…”

The area north of Springfield Union Station, with its many surface parking lots and single-story commercial structures, is an obvious location for TOD.

LINK TO STORY

“There is action near the station as development ramps up”
By Tom Condon | The Connecticut Mirror | July 27, 2017

 


Trains In The Valley website updates

Safety > Railroad Crossing Safety
This page was updated with the most current version of the “Public Highway-rail Crossings Ranked by Predicted Accidents report” for Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties (as of 12/31/2016).

The report shows that there were a total of four reported accidents at public railroad crossing in the Pioneer Valley during the five-year period from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2016.

About > Transparency & Accountability
The page has been updated and refreshed. We have also added our 2Q2017 financial report.

NARP Meeting in Springfield

 

New England 2017 Regional NARP Meeting – Springfield, MA

‘A Connected New England’

Presented by the National Association of Railroad Passengers

Sa. August 19, 2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sheration Monarch Place Hotel
1 Monarch Place
Springfield, Ma.

 


MEETING SUMMARY

Springfield is at a crossroads, both literally and figuratively. From the remodeled Union Station to the under-construction MGM Casino, major investments are being made in Springfield’s civic and economic growth. And geographically, Springfield is a key connecting point between the Boston area and upstate New York, as well as between Western Connecticut and Vermont.

Join us as we discuss the role of passenger rail in connecting these regions and the economic development that inevitably follows such investments.

Among other issues, we’ll discuss the need to extend the MBTA’s commuter rail west from Worcester to Springfield, as well as the need to run more frequent service north and south along the “knowledge corridor” between Springfield and Greenfield via Holyoke and Northampton.

A Connected New England benefits the entire region, and Springfield is key.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Timothy Brennan
Executive Director
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Jim Mathews
President/CEO
National Association of Railroad Passengers

Lunch Remarks:

Springfield Mayor
Dominic Sarno

Meeting Program Includes A Complete Hot Lunch Buffet

REGISTRATION LEVELS

Early Regular Attendee Registration
$45.00 If Paid In Full By August 11

Late Attendee Registration
$50.00 If Paid After August 11 or At Door

Student Attendee Registration – $25.00

Sponsor Level Registration – $100.00

 

On-line Registration is now Closed

Please register in-person at the registration table at the event between 10:30 am and 11 am.
Click here to Register ON-LINE Here Today

Click here for the Register By Mail Form


TENTATIVE AGENDA

9:30: Morning tour of Springfield Union Station (RSVP required)

10:30 – 11:00: Check-in and on-site registration

11:00 – 11:10: Welcoming remarks and council introductions
11:10 – 11:50:  Jim Mathews, plus Q&A
11:50 – 12:00: Break

12:00 – 13:00: LUNCH, with speakers
> 12:15: Brief remarks from Mayor Sarno
> 12:30ish: State updates, complete by 12:50

13:00 – 14:00: Tim Brennan, plus Q&A
“Leveraging Rail Assets and Connections to Move the Knowledge Corridor’s Economy”

14:00 – 15:00: Adjourn and socialize

15:30: Afternoon tour of Union Station (RSVP not required)

 


SPRINGFIELD UNION STATION TOURS

For meeting attendees, a general post-meeting tour of the newly-remodeled Springfield Union Station will be available at 3:30 pm.

A pre-meeting tour at 9:30 am is available by specific advance request. If you are interested in a tour at this time please contact Tom Girsch at tgirsch@yahoo.com to reserve a spot.

 

Last updated: August 19, 2017