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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $41 million grant award to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to fund a project to upgrade the South Station Terminal’s Tower No. 1 interlocking in Boston.
Improvements will include replacing the existing signal system and upgrading switches, track and power systems. The project will cost $82 million, MassDOT officials wrote on the department blog.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Amtrak, which use the interlocking, will cover the project's remaining cost.
Meanwhile, MassDOT and Amtrak today launched a daily passenger train service in western and northern Massachusetts as a two-year pilot program.
The Valley Flyer service will operate along the Connecticut River, a region referred to as the Knowledge Corridor, with trains making station stops in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield.
The trains will also connect with Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor at New Haven, Connecticut, and serve stations between New Haven and Springfield.