30 March, Washington DC — More than $34 million IN CRISI (Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements) funding is earmarked for three New England projects. Two will benefit Amtrak’s Downeaster and Pan Am Railways, while the third benefits Amtrak and CT Rail passengers in Connecticut. The awarded funds are as follows:
Connecticut Department of Transportation, $17,490,000 , to construct a new accessible and ADA-compliant intercity passenger rail station in a more central in-town location in Windsor Locks with a level boarding platform. The project will also make improvements to adjacent tracks, roadways and sidewalks, and add four quad gates to a grade crossing. The project will convert the current Windsor Locks, CT, platform station location into a maintenance-of-way facility for intercity passenger rail.
Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, $16,867,281 , to construct a new intercity passenger rail platform at the Wells Transportation Center and a pedestrian bridge to access the new platform, and extends an existing two-mile Pan Am Railway siding to become a six-mile siding adjacent to the new platform in Wells, Maine.
City of Medford, MA, $136,500 , to complete preliminary engineering and federal environmental analysis and documentation to improve two grade crossings – High Street and Canal Street – located about 900 feet apart at a skewed angle to the railroad tracks in Medford, MA, where the Amtrak Downeaster, MBTA commuter, and Pan Am freight trains pass through.