Northampton platform project (2018-19)

In 2019 MassDOT completed a project that extended the station platform in Northampton to a length of 146 feet.

The extension of the platform allows for simultaneous level access boarding/disembarking of three passenger cars (one door each of the lead and rear cars / both doors of the middle car).


Architectural rendering of planned expanded rail platform
Northampton, Ma. | June 2017


In summary, the project includes the following components:

  • the high-level platform will be extended from its current length of 46 feet to a length of 146 feet
  • the canopies will be extended to cover the entire length of the expanded platform
  • new ramps and stairs will be constructed to access the platform extensions
  • Existing ramps, stairs, handrails and guard fence will be modified where required to coordinate with the new construction
  • A new bike rack will also be installed in the concourse area
  • the adjacent parking lot and access road will be modified to include redesigned curb islands, reset curb, new pavement sections, new pavement striping including: five ADA compliant parking spaces, crosswalks, ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, and cement concrete concourse and sidewalks
  • Closed-circuit video cameras will be added along with station wayfinding signage


Selected drawings

Proposed Site Plan | Northampton station


Elevation / Sections | Northampton station


Signage Details | Northampton station


Project milestones

June 2017 | MassDOT announces that they intend to extend the station platform in Northampton to a length of 146 feet.

July 11, 2018 | The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (for MassDOT) formally advertised MBTA Contract No. T92CN02 – the Knowledge Corridor Northampton and Greenfield Station Platform Extension Project.

August 9, 2018 | Bids were opened and the apparent low bidder is Newport Construction Corp. of Nashua, New Hampshire with a bid of $2,561,000. If all goes well, the contract will be awarded without delay and work will start in September.

October 26, 2018 | Notice to Proceed issued.

February 14, 2018 | Work at the site starts.

April 28, 2019 | Work on repaving the parking lots starts.

May 2019 | Timber construction work now underway.

July 2019 | Most work on the project would appear to be complete except for the second coat of asphalt on access road and parking lots and the new signage.

August 27, 2019 | The full length the new platform was opened to the public.


Progress images

First day of work at the job site
Northampton station | looking north | February 14, 2019


Precast concrete foundations be installed on the site of the expanded station platform
Northampton station | looking north | April 7, 2019


The contractor this morning removed the asphalt in the parking area near the station
Northampton station | looking north | April 28, 2019 Northampton, Ma. | April 28, 2019


Timber work now well underway
Northampton station work site | looking north | May 19, 2019


Northampton station site | looking south | July 23, 2019


Northampton staton | December 1, 2019


See also

Greenfield station platform extension | Trains In The Valley


Further reading

Northampton and Greenfield Platform Extensions | MBTA

“Train station expansion nearly finished in Northampton, parking management changes in works”
By Bera Dunau | Daily Hampshire Gazette | June 12, 2019


Page last updated: February 12, 2019
Page last reviewed July 17, 2018