Northampton platform extension project

Status | Work is expect to start soon

This page provides an overview of a project that is now underway to extended the station platform in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The extension of the platform will allow 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).

When the project is complete, the station lot will consist of approximately 105 parking spaces — with 5 spaces dedicated for accessible parking.

This project is scheduled to be completed by July 19, 2019


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


Further details to follow.


See also

Greenfield station platform extension | Trains In The Valley


External links

Northampton and Greenfield Platform Extensions | MBTA


Page last updated: October 26, 2018
Page last reviewed July 17, 2018