Infrastructure | Current Projects

This page includes a listing of significant rail infrastructure projects in the Pioneer Valley region.

Please note that this list does not include all projects underway along the rail lines in our region.

 

Stations


Greenfield & Northampton | Extension of the station platforms

Status
Construction underway

Planned completion date
July 19, 2019

 

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

Northampton platform extension project

 


Springfield Union Station | New high-level platform

Status
Construction underway

Planned completion date
July 2019

 

The new high-level platform, under construction | looking east
Springfield Union Station | August 15, 2019

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

A new 362-foot hi-level boarding platform is currently being 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 has been disassembled and transported to a steel fabrication shop for deleading, repaired as necessary, and repainted. The 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

 


Windsor Locks, CT

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.

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, and
  • This new station will be the transfer point for a new dedicated shuttle bus connection between the Hartford Line and Bradley Airport.

CTDOT will hold a public information meeting to review the station design on Thur. September 19, 2019 from 6 pm until 8 pm at the Windsor Locks Town Hall, 50 Church Street, Windsor Locks, CT.

 

Track Work


Knowledge Corridor Tie Replacement Project

Status
Construction underway

Planned completion date
Summer 2019

 

This project will involve tie replacements, track refurbishment and related work along 32 miles of the Connecticut River Main Line (CRML).

The project includes the follow elements:

  • Install up to 30,000 new wood crossties
  • Install 3.5 track miles of new continuous welded rail on the controlled sidings in Northampton and Springfield and on the southbound track in Deerfield
  • Construct 0.4 miles of new southbound track in Deerfield
  • Distribute 28,500 tons of track ballast
  • Surface, align and regulate the ballast along 32 miles of CRML track, including all turnouts that branch off the mainline track
  • Remove and reconstruct five farm crossings along the line
  • Remove & dispose of all scrap crossties, timbers, and wood debris

The specifications states that scrap crossties, switch timber, and other wood products shall be removed from the right-of-way within five working days of their removal from the track.

 

Progress images

Bundles of ties and new continuously welded rail along the line
North Main Street, Deerfield, Ma. | looking north | April 8, 2018

 

Old ties by the track waiting to be remove
Egypt Rd crossing, Whately, Ma. | looking north | May 19, 2019

 

Track workers and their machines moving south on the Connecticut River Main Line
Easthampton, Ma. | May 31, 2019

 

Spring Interlocking Renewal

Status
Work is underway

 

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

 

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

 

 

Tie Replacement on Bridges at Milepost 34.82 & 34.95

Status
Work is underway

Connecticut River Main Line Bridges 34.82 and 34.95 | looking South
Viewed from Hope St | Greenfield, Ma. | April 21, 2019

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.

Part of this project includes the re-installation of the 2nd mainline track on both bridges.

Further reading

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

 


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 | August 24, 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: August 29, 2019
Page last reviewed: July 18, 2018