The project involved increasing vertical clearances at 31 locations between
and the state line to 21 feet. West of the Worcester state line, clearances have already been raised. Previously, double-stack trains destined for New England points had to stop in New York , to be converted from double-stack to single-stack configurations. The reverse occurred on westbound trains adding time and cost. Syracuse, N.Y.
The project was part of a larger agreement with the commonwealth that enabled
Massachusetts to acquire CSX lines in the area to increase commuter service. In conjunction with that project, the intermodal terminal in Boston was expanded. Worcester
“This is an excellent example of how the public and private sector can work together on projects that benefit the public, strengthen the economy, and enable highway to rail freight conversion to reduce strain on public infrastructure and serve supply chains seamlessly,” Clarence W. Gooden, CSX’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said.