SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There may be changes coming to rail services throughout Massachusetts and the New England region.
Currently, there are five areas of rail lines that run throughout Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Vermont Agency of Transportation is scheduled to hold a meeting in Springfield Thursday night to reveal their Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative study, that analyzes all five rail lines. The study also looked at the potential for expansion to rail services in other areas of New England, Quebec,and New York.
In the study, MassDOT is proposing more services be added to all three of those regions to meet passenger demand over the next 20 years. MassDOT says the idea is to have train services that cover longer distances than commuter trains in the region cover right now.
Here’s what they are proposing:
- One round-trip train between Montreal and New Haven, Conn.
- One round-trip train between Montreal and Boston
- Eight round-trip trains between Boston and New Haven, Conn.; all of which would go through Springfield.
MassDOT says they would like all eight of those to include stops at all the local stations in between.
Thursday’s meeting will be held at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission offices on Congress Street in Springfield.