For travel to/from Greenfield, see Amtrak Stations – Greenfield
Passenger Rail Station
The current Amtrak station stop in Greenfield is a covered 46-foot long wooden high-level boarding platform. The platform, which is owned by MassDOT, was constructed in late 2014 as part of the Knowledge Corridor – Restore Vermonter Project.
The station platform is located next to the John W. Olver Transit Center which is the intermodal hub for Franklin County. The waiting room inside the transit center is available for use by both rail and bus passengers.
The Knowledge Corridor – Restore Vermonter Project included provisions for the construction of a new station platform at a location near the Olver Transit Center.
The original plan was to the build an Amtrak-approved kiosk-style waiting facility and low-level platform. The plan also called for the construction of a canopy above the platform.
This plan was modified when it was determined that a full-length (400-foot) high-level station platform would be required so that the new platform would be in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
In 2014 this plan was set aside by MassDOT and a decision was made to build a 46-foot long mini high-level platform so that passenger service on the line could be inaugurated in December 2014.
The existing wooden platform, which at the time it was built was meant to be temporary until a permanent platform was constructed, is designed so that it can be disassembled and reused at another location.
Planned extension of the station platform
MassDOT is currently working on a project to extended the high-level station platform in Greenfield.
The extended 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 in Greenfield.
Further details on the station platform project can be found on this link:
Greenfield platform extension project | Trains In The Valley
Parking for Rail Passengers
The Franklin Regional Transit Authority added 24 additional short-term spaces to the parking lot at the transit center in the fall of 2016.
“More parking coming to transit center”
By Avia Luttrell | The Recorder | May 16, 2016
Olive Street Parking Garage
On October 27, 2016 Governor Charlie Baker announced that the City of Greenfield had been awarded a $7.5 million MassWorks Infrastructure Grant to help fund the construction of a new multi-level parking garage. The new four-story, 350-space garage will be located across the street from the Olver Transit Center and within walking distance of the new Franklin County Courthouse.
Construction of the new garage began in September 2017. The new garage was opened to the public on November 9, 2018.
The 270-space, four-floor garage, which has been a decade in the making, adds significant parking capacity in the core of the downtown area of the city.
It also has the potential of becoming the parking location of choice for people who drive to Greenfield to take the train from Greenfield, since the Olver Transit Center is right across the street.
Parking garage construction updates | City of Greenfield
“Greenfield gets money for parking garage”
By Aviva Luttrell | The Recorder | October 27, 2016
“Greenfield garage opens, with promise of boost to downtown”
By Joshua Solomon | The Recorder | November 9, 2018
John W. Olver Transit Center (Wikipedia)
Page last updated: December 13, 2018
Page last reviewed: January 9, 2018