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CSX, Massachusetts officials finalize agreement on Framingham/Worcester line


Yesterday, Massachusetts and CSX Corp. officials announced the completion of an agreement through which CSX will transfer ownership of rail track and operations along the Framingham/Worcester line to the commonwealth, enabling the expansion of commuter-rail service.

CSX officials joined Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Richard Davey to mark the occasion of the now finalized agreement, which will enable MassDOT to improve and increase commuter-rail service between Boston and Worcester, the state's two largest cities, according to a press release issued by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

The commonwealth will begin immediately to increase service on the Framingham/Worcester line with the addition of new inbound and outbound trains between the two cities for a total of 31 stops, MBTA officials said.

MassDOT also plans to add an inbound and outbound special express train in spring 2013, helping to reach a goal of 20 round trips by October 2013, said Murray.

"This finalized agreement with CSX marks a major milestone for transportation in Massachusetts as we deliver enhanced services for the growing demand of riders and support business and community development in the Worcester and Metrowest areas," he said.

Yesterday's ceremony also recognized the expansion and modernization of CSX's intermodal facility in Worcester, which will allow the relocation of intermodal operations now conducted in Boston.

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