We are thrilled to tell you that yesterday the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors authorized Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey, whom many of you have written to recently, to enter into a series of agreements with the Housatonic Railroad. Housatonic is selling the underlying rail asset to MassDOT, which in turn is granting Housatonic a perpetual rail-freight easement, and MassDOT will invest $35 million into railroad improvement. All investments in the property will be to passenger standard, laying the groundwork for passenger rail service between Pittsfield, MA, and Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
This agreement is phase one. Phase two will provide stations, passenger-rail-related signals, and additional track work. Phase two will start when funding for the Connecticut portion is secured, so the Train Campaign will be putting much effort into building support in our sister state, as well as in educating our friends and neighbors in Massachusetts about the amazing opportunities that passenger rail service will bring to our region. Bring on the trains!
Below is the MassDOT press release and contact information. Please do send emails of support to Mr. Davey: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTEERS MEETING TOMORROW, FRIDAY 18 JULY, 9AM IN GREAT BARRINGTON – LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN COME BY EMAIL: email@example.com.