UPDATE: GU Asks for Abeyance on Hopedale Parcel Petition

CITING ITS OWN PRECEDENT ESTABLISHED BY THE 2014 GRAFTON CROSS-COURT BACKHAND GRAB, GRAFTON & UPTON RAILROAD TRIES TO PUT AWAY TOWN OF HOPEDALE IN STRAIGHT SETS TO WIN 155-ACRE FUTURE YARD PARCEL.

UPDATE: GU Asks for Abeyance on Hopedale Parcel Petition

04.December, Hopedale MA – Grafton & Upton Railroad Company filed a Motion to Hold Proceeding in Abeyance, regarding their 23.November Petition for Declaratory Order, seeking to preempt the Town of Hopedale MA from invoking state and local statutory impediments to G&U’s (prospective) acquisition and use of a Hopedale property, to which the railroad holds title: […]

MBRX/PAR: Trail-Alongside-Rail proposed for Hillsborough Branch

NASHUA NH PLANNING COMMISSION PROPOSES 16-MILE RAIL-AND-TRAIL PAIRING ALONG PAR HILLSBOROUGH LINE

MBRX/PAR: Trail-Alongside-Rail proposed for Hillsborough Branch

03.December, Nashua NH – The Nashua Regional Planning Commission is proposing to construct a lengthy pedestrian trail alongside the Hillsborough Branch line. The line is owned by Pan Am Railways between MP 0.0 to MP 16.36. From that point westward to Bennington, the line is owned by the State of New Hampshire. Milford – Bennington […]

PAS, VRS Hoosick Jct. Interchange Realignment Project On Track

PAS, VRS Hoosick Jct. Interchange Realignment Project On Track

A key interchange point and an occasional operational challenge for the Vermont Rail System and the Pan Am Southern located at Hoosick Jct., NY, is undergoing a makeover that will allow more streamlined operations and increased efficiency in the swapping of cars. Pan Am Southern has taken on the Hoosick Junction Expansion Phase 2 project, building […]

MassDOT: Awards $2.4 Million 2020 IRAP VIII grants

MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRIAL RAIL ACCESS PROGRAM GENERATES RECORD $7 MILLION FREIGHT RAIL DEVELOPMENT, DESPITE PANDEMIC-REDUCED STATE CONTRIBUTION.

MassDOT: Awards $2.4 Million 2020 IRAP VIII grants

As with every state in the Year of the Coronavirus, Massachusetts’ coffers are drastically lower than anticipated at the beginning of 2020. In line with all Massachusetts government agencies confronted by the state’s pandemic budget deficit, the 2020 IRAP VIII program reduced its grant budget by 11% compared to 2019. But thanks in part to […]

CSX/MADOT: Will B&A Shake Out of PAR to Become East-West Passenger Corridor?

CSX INTEREST IN PAS B&M ROUTE IMPLICITLY PUTS CSX B&A LINE ON THE BLOCK; ONLY ONE BUYER IS WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE.

CSX/MADOT: Will B&A Shake Out of PAR to Become East-West Passenger Corridor?

A long-sought East-West passenger solution may be another dramatic discovery fallen out of Norfolk Southern’s recent filing with the STB, which divulges CSX’s advanced interest in partnering with NS on the B&M/Patriot Corridor line. Numerous advocates have publicly urged the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to impose itself in the Pan-Am sale, as an opportunity to secure […]

Higher Speeds From New Bridges Thanks to Federal $

Funds for major Norwalk River and Connecticut River projects on Metro-North and Amtrak

Higher Speeds From New Bridges Thanks to Federal $

27, October-Washington DC–Two major bridge replacements in Connecticut will get USDOT ‘State of Good Repair’ grants, announced Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, replacing the Norwalk (“walk”) bridge on Metro-North and the Connecticut River bridge on Amtrak between Old Saybrook and Old Lyme.  Both movable bridges are long-time priorities, prone to malfunction and their replacement will mean […]

FRA awards $32 million CRISI grants to northeast rails

FRA awards $32 million CRISI grants to northeast rails

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has selected 50 projects in 29 states to receive competitive grant funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program.  The projects selected include a wide variety of railroad investments that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of freight and […]

FRA: $34+ Million CRISI Grants For CT, ME, MA, Projects

The Federal Railroad Administration Awarded $248.5 Million In CRISI Funds Nationwide. Three New England Projects will Enable Key Projects in Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts.

The Federal Railroad Administration Awarded $248.5 Million In CRISI Funds Nationwide. Three New England Projects will Enable Key Projects in Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts.