For travel to/from Northampton, see Amtrak Stations – Northampton
Passenger Rail Station
The current Amtrak station stop in Northampton is a covered 46-foot long 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 Knowledge Corridor – Restore Vermonter Project included provisions for the construction of a new station platform just to the south of the historic Union Station building on Railroad Avenue. (The Union Station building was not actively considered for reuse as a station stop.)
The original plan called for the construction of 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. A [plan] for the construction of a 400-foot platform was presented to the City of Northampton Planning Board in the Spring of 2014.
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 rebuilt 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, was designed so that the structure could be disassembled and reused at another location.
An ongoing concern is the current and long-term prospect for parking at this site since all of the parking in the immediate vicinity of the platform is privately owned by the entity that owns the Union Station building.
MassDOT is working on a plan to expand the existing high-level platform in Northampton to a length of 120-feet.
This platform length would allow for two pairs of passenger car doors to be opened on the platform, which would effectively double the speed of boarding (and deboarding) passengers at this station stop.
Further details will be provided when they become available.
Union Station – Northampton, Massachusetts (Wikipedia)
Page last updated: March 10, 2017
Page last reviewed: July 8, 2016