Monday, January 27, 2014

Gov Patrick Proposes $12 Billion in Transportation Improvements

(SOURCE:  TRAINS Newswire)

BOSTON – Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed a package of $12 billion in transportation improvements with strong investment levels for rail and transit, the National Association of Railroad Passenger reports.

“We invest in our transportation infrastructure because roads, rail and bridges create a foundation that supports private sector investment and expanded opportunity for all our residents,” Patrick says.

Rail and transit projects outlined in the plan include:

  • $1.3 billion to complete the Green Line Subway Extension, providing full service to Somerville and Medford by 2020.
  • $835 million to begin the $1.3 billion replacement program of 43-year old Red line vehicles and 31-year old Orange Line vehicles, as well as improvements to tracks, signals and systems.
  • $254 million for South Coast commuter rail to Fall River and New Bedford via Stoughton. It includes early action improvements to ties, signal systems and bridges, and beginning preliminary engineering for the project.
  • $252 million for implementation of diesel multiple unit service on the Fairmount Line and expansion of the Silver Line to Chelsea.
  • $34 million for the Housatonic Railroad, including the rehabilitation of track and signals.
  • $31 million to complete track and signal projects necessary to restore permanent, seasonal Cape Flyer passenger service to Cape Cod.

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