Infrastructure | Current Projects

This page includes a listing of selected rail-related infrastructure projects in the Pioneer Valley region.

Please note that this list does not include all projects.

Tie replacement and brush clearing

Chestnut Street, Hatfield, Ma | Looking south | March 3, 2018

MassDOT’s contractors are working to clear brush and trees along the right of way on the Connecticut River Main Line.

Pan Am Railway crews will be replacing ties along the line during 2018.


Restoration of 2nd track between Deerfield and Greenfield

Status | Under construction

Connecticut River Main Line | looking north
North Main Street | Deerfield, Ma. | April 8, 2018

With this project approximately 5 miles of second main line track will be re-installed between Deerfield and Greenfield.


Springfield Union Station | New high-level platform

Status | Bid awarded on May 8, 2018 – further status unknown
Planned completion date | October 31, 2018

The current MassDOT Capital Improvement Plan includes funding for the construction of one high-level platform at the station.

Platform C (on the left) – looking east
Springfield Union Station | June 2017

Existing platform C (between tracks 4 and 6) will be removed and replaced with a 362-foot long high-level platform. The new platform will have an elevator installed into an existing elevator pit.

The existing steel canopy over platform C will be disassembled and transported to a steel fabrication shop for deleading, repaired as necessary, and then repainted. The existing canopy will then be reinstalled and a new roofing system will be installed.

Further reading

“Union Station will get new $8.2 million rail passenger platform by November”
By Jim Kinney | The Republican | May 8, 2018


Tie Replacement on Bridges at Milepost 34.82 & 34.95

Status | Bid awarded – Construction is expected to start soon

Connecticut River Main Line Bridges 34.82 and 34.95
Viewed from Hope St – looking south | Greenfield, Ma. | April 2018

The project involves the replacement of ties on two Connecticut River Main Line (CRML) bridges;

  • Bridge at MP 34.82 [visible in the background in the image above] which carries the CRML over the Deerfield River
  • Bridge at MP 34.95 [visible in the foreground in the image] which carries the CRML over the Pan Am Southern Fitchburg Main line.

As part of this project the 2nd mainline track will be re-installed on both bridges.

Further reading

“Deerfield, Greenfield railroad bridges slated for repairs”
By Dan Desrochers | The Recorder | April 30, 2018


Greenfield & Northampton | Extension of the station platform

Status | in procurement

This project will involve the extension of the existing high-level station platforms in Greenfield and Northampton to a length of 146 feet.

Architectural rendering of planned station platform for Northampton, Ma. | June 2017

An expanded station platform will allow for two pairs of passenger car doors to be opened on the platform, which would basically double the speed of boarding (and deboarding) passengers at these station

Further details on the station platform project can be found on these links

Greenfield platform extension project | Trains In The Valley

Northampton platform extension project | Trains In The Valley


Northampton | Repair of Bridges at Mileposts 16.67 and 19.90

Status | Bid awarded on June 29, 2018

Connecticut River Main Line bridge at MP 16.67
Hockanum Road, Northampton, Ma. | July 8, 2018


Connecticut River Main Line bridge at MP 19.90
Hatfield Road, Northampton, Ma. | July 8, 2018

This project will involve repair/rehabilitation of two railroad bridges located in Northampton, MA.


Springfield | Bike/pedestrian underpass

Status | In Planning

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) intends to construct a pedestrian path under the Connecticut River Main Line in Springfield.

The project will construct 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 is scheduled to start in 2019.

Further reading

Springfield underpass project | Trains In The Valley


See also

MassDOT Capital Investment Plan Update 2018-2023



Page last updated: July 28, 2018
Page last reviewed: July 18, 2018