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 station platform in Northampton was constructed in late 2014 as part of the Knowledge Corridor–Restore Vermonter Project.
The Knowledge Corridor – Restore Vermonter Project included provisions for a new station platform just to the south of the historic Union Station building on Railroad Avenue in Northampton. (The Union Station building was not actively considered for reuse as a station stop.)
The original plan called for an Amtrak-approved kiosk-style waiting facility and low-level platform covered by a canopy.
The original plan was changed when it was determined that a full-length (400-foot) high-level station platform would be required so that the new platform would be built in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A [plan] for the construction of a 400-foot station platform was presented to the City of Northampton Planning Board in the Spring of 2014.
Later in 2014 this plan was set aside by MassDOT and a decision was made to build a smaller 46-foot long platform so that passenger service on the rebuilt line could be inaugurated in December 2014.
The wooden platform that was built in 2014, which at the time it was meant to be temporary structure, was designed so that the structure could be disassembled and reused at another location at some point in the future.
An ongoing concern is the current and long-term prospect for parking at this site since all the parking in the immediate vicinity of the platform is owned by the private entity that owns the historic Union Station building.
Planned Enlargement of the Station Platform
In June 2017 MassDOT announced that the existing platform in Northampton would be expanded to a length of 120-feet.
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 in Northampton.
The platform expansion project will go out to bid soon and if all goes well the project should be completed by the end of 2017.
Further details will be provided when they become available.
Union Station – Northampton, Massachusetts (Wikipedia)
Page last updated: October 22, 2017
Page last reviewed: June 28, 2017