This page highlights significant rail infrastructure projects in the Pioneer Valley region.
Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list of projects. There are many other smaller projects underway at any given time by. As example — vegetation control, culvert replacement, bridge maintenance, signal system maintenance, railroad crossing maintenance, etc.
Springfield Union Station | New high-level platform
Construction would appear to be complete. Media reports indicate that we are now waiting for a final inspection from Amtrak.
Planned completion date
The MassDOT Capital Improvement Plan includes funding for the construction of a new high-level platform at Springfield Union Station.
A new 362-foot hi-level platform has now been constructed on the footprint of Platform C (between tracks 4 and 6) at the station. The new platform will be accessed from the concourse level of the station via a set of stairs and an elevator.
The historic steel canopy over platform C was disassembled and transported to a steel fabrication shop for deleading, repaired as necessary, and repainted. The canopy was then reinstalled and a new roofing system was installed.
“Union Station will get new $8.2 million rail passenger platform by November”
By Jim Kinney | The Republican | May 8, 2018
Windsor Locks, CT | New Station
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is moving ahead with plans to build a new train station in the town of Windsor Locks, CT.
The new station, which would replace the current Amtrak-owned station at the south end of town, will be located just to the north of the historic station building on Main Street.
The new station is important for western Mass for two reasons —
- Windsor Locks is the station of choice for people living in Agawam and Longmeadow, since driving north (to Springfield) to catch a train headed south doesn’t make much sense for people in this region, and
- This new station will be the transfer point for a new dedicated shuttle bus connection between the Hartford Line and Bradley Airport.
Windsor Locks Station Factsheet (PDF)
CTDOT | September 2019
Windsor Locks Station Public Meeting Presentation (PDF)
CTDOT | September 2019
Springfield | Spring Interlocking Renewal
Work is underway
Springfield | Bike/pedestrian underpass
Daniel O’Connell’s Sons Inc. selected as contractor
Planned Completion Date
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is constructing a pedestrian path under the Connecticut River Main Line in Springfield.
The project will provide for a pedestrian route under the railroad tracks in order to provide a safe pedestrian connection between the Brightwood and North End neighborhoods in Springfield — more specifically between the Chestnut Middle School area in Brightwood and the Birnie Avenue/Main Street area in the North End.
Construction started in the April 2019.
Springfield underpass project | Trains In The Valley
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