Tuesday, September 20, 2011

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Grants for MA & CT

SPRAGUE, CT - Providence & Worcester Railroad Willimantic branch, $5.3 million to upgrade track on the Providence & Worcester’s Willimantic Branch. The upgrade will allow an increase in speed from 10 mph to 40 mph.

BOSTON MA - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has won a $32.5 million grant to expand and upgrade South Station in Boston. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant will pay for environmental reviews and preliminary engineering on the upgrade.

Plans for the upgrade call for a new location for trains to lay over, improvements to existing track layout, and improved platforms. An adjacent U.S. Postal Service building will be demolished to make room for the upgrades. The redesign also calls for improvements to the streetscape, connections to transit, and the reopening of Dorchester Avenue for public use.

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