The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold a public meeting on the 2016 State Rail Plan Update on Tuesday, June 14 at 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Members of the public can attend the meeting either by webinar [information at: firstname.lastname@example.org] or in person at Union Station, (2nd Floor), 2 Washington Street, Worcester.
MassDOT is undertaking an update to the 2010 State Rail Plan to document the current state of the rail system, identify planned improvements and outline the Commonwealth’s 20-year plan for the statewide rail system.
The plan update will include both passenger and freight rail. The rail system in Massachusetts is a critical transportation network for moving passengers and goods.
- Amtrak provides passenger rail service for inter-city travel within Massachusetts and to cities across the Northeast United States. Annually, approximately 2.6 million trips are taken in Massachusetts on Amtrak’s services.
- The Massachusetts freight rail system consists of a mix of Class I, Regional and Short-line railroads serving freight shippers and receivers. Data from 2012 indicated that almost 400,000 carloads of freight weighing 15 million tons were moved in the state by rail.
- The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail network is among the largest systems in the country, providing access to key job centers and highway congestion relief in the Metropolitan Boston area. Annually, almost 40 million trips are taken on the MBTA Commuter Rail system.
The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. Persons who would like to request any language (non-English) interpretation assistance, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternative formats, or information on the meeting should contact: Jill Barrett by email email@example.com or by phone (860) 570-0740 by June 10, 2016.