Infrastructure | Current Projects

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.

 

Stations


Springfield Union Station | New high-level platform

Status
Construction would appear to be complete. Media reports indicate that we are now waiting for a final inspection from Amtrak.

Planned completion date
November 2018
July 2019
Early 2020

The new high-level platform | looking east
Springfield Union Station | October 24, 2019

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.

Further reading

“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

Status
In design

Rendering of proposed new station for Windsor Locks CT | August 2019

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.

Further reading

Windsor Locks Station Factsheet (PDF)
CTDOT | September 2019

Windsor Locks Station Public Meeting Presentation (PDF)
CTDOT | September 2019

 

Track Work


Springfield | Spring Interlocking Renewal

Status
Work is underway

Amtrak workers assembling a new turnout for the CP SPRING interlocking project
Springfield, MA | looking west | August 15, 2019

 

Amtrak Five Year Asset Line Plan FY2019-FY2024 (PDF) | page 252

 


Springfield | Bike/pedestrian underpass

Status
Daniel O’Connell’s Sons Inc. selected as contractor
Construction underway

Planned Completion Date
Autumn 2020

Springfield underpass work site as viewed from Birnie Ave | September 19, 2019

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.

Further reading

Springfield underpass project | Trains In The Valley

 


See also

MassDOT 2020-2024 Capital Investment Plan Update

 

 

Page last updated: January 15, 2020
Page last reviewed: January 15, 2020