The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation, in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, are conducting a study to examine the opportunities and impacts of more frequent and higher speed intercity passenger rail service on two major rail corridors known as the Inland Route and the Boston to Montreal Route. The study of these two rail corridors has been designated the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative.
This web site provides information about the study, including ways for the public to get involved. We encourage your involvement and input throughout the study. This site will be updated throughout the study process with information regarding upcoming meetings and completed study documents.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative (NNEIRI), a study to examine the opportunities and impacts of more frequent and higher speed intercity passenger rail service on two major rail corridors known as the Inland Route and the Boston-to-Montreal Route, is being conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTRANS), in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration.
The Inland Route corridor runs between South Station in Boston and western Massachusetts via Worcester and Springfield, MA and southerly from Springfield to New Haven, CT for connections to the Amtrak Northeast Corridor.
The Boston to Montreal corridor is the same as the Inland Route corridor between Boston and Springfield Union Station. From Springfield the rail corridor runs northerly through Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield. In Vermont the rail corridor runs on the east side of the state to White River Junction before heading northwesterly to Montpelier and Essex Junction before heading north through St. Albans and to the Canadian border at Alburg. The rail corridor then runs to Montreal Central Station in Quebec.
Segments of the rail corridor have five different owners. The owners along the corridor are:
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 44 miles between Boston and Worcester
- CSX: 55 Miles between Worcester and Springfield
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 49 miles between Springfield and the MA/VT border
- New England Central Railroad: 206 miles between the MA/VT border and the U.S./Canada border
- Canadian National Railroad: 53 miles from the U.S./Canada border to Montreal
- AMTRAK: 62 miles from Springfield to New Haven
The study, which includes the entirety of the 470 mile corridor, will evaluate ridership potential, identify potential environmental effects, and create service development plans for both corridors.