Massachusetts High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail
ARRA Projects and Applications
1. Knowledge Corridor Track 1 Pre App and Track 2 Corridor Pre App
The Knowledge Corridor Pre App proposes a $65 million project to relocate the
Vermonter and provide for additional train frequency on the Conn River Line. Stations
would be located at Northampton and Greenfield. The Track 2 Corridor Pre App
includes project elements that would be required to run additional train frequencies on
the line in the future. Massachusetts further supports Vermont’s Pre Apps submitted to
improve the Vermonter Route between MA/VT state Line and St. Albans Vermont.
2. Inland Route Track 1 Pre App and Track 1 Springfield Station Pre App
The initial Inland Route application seeks funds for Project Level Engineering and the
Environmental Process for a substantial upgrade to Boston to Springfield route. This
would be the logical next step for the development of the Inland Route. The Springfield
Station Pre App is for passenger access and rail capacity improvements at Springfield
Station. These improvements which while benefiting the existing Amtrak service are
needed to successfully integrate the Inland Route, Knowledge Corridor and Springfield
New Haven projects at Springfield.
3. Downeaster - Track 1 Pre App for Merrimack River Bridge & Track 2 Pre App
for entire Downeaster corridor with NEPRA
Massachusetts has submitted a Pre App on the track 1 project to rehabilitate the
Merrimack River Bridge in Haverhill. In addition, Massachusetts is jointly submitting a
Track 2 Corridor Pre App for the entire route with Northern New England Passenger
Rail Authority (NEPRA) and the states on the Downeaster route.
4. Northeast Corridor - Track 2 Pre App with Rhode Island, Connecticut and New
The Northeast States, with Amtrak’s assistance, have submitted a Track 2 corridor
application for the Northeast Corridor (Boston-Washington) using the work already
completed in the in the Northeast Corridor Master Plan Process. The specific
Massachusetts projects included in this application are the 3rd track from Readville to
Canton Junction, Ruggles Station Congestion Project and South Station Capacity
enhancements in Boston.
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5. South Coast Rail Track 2 Corridor Pre App
Massachusetts has submitted a Track 2 Corridor Project Pre App for South Coast Rail
in addition to other federal funding opportunities for this project.
Additional rail projects that Massachusetts supports through the Regional Vision:
6. New Haven Hartford Springfield (Springfield Line) Track 1 and Track 2 Pre Apps
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has submitted Pre Apps on the
Springfield Line with support from Massachusetts. The initial track 1 project would
restore the double track on the Springfield line. The Track 2 project would create an
electrified High Speed Rail Corridor from Springfield to New York that would be
integrated with the Inland Route service between Boston and Springfield.
7. Capital Corridor (Boston to Montreal) Track 1 and Track 3 Pre Apps
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has submitted Pre Apps on the
Boston to Montreal High Speed Rail Corridor. The Track 1 Pre App seeks to implement
service between Boston and Concord, NH as the Captial corridor. The Track 3 Pre App
will plan for the reconstruction of the through route between Concord and White River