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10/19/2010



Rail News: Passenger Rail

MBTA launches construction on Wachusett commuter-rail project


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Yesterday, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) broke ground on a $55.5 million Wachusett commuter-rail extension.

Funded through a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, the project calls for extending the Fitchburg commuter-rail line 4.5 miles to a new Wachusett station. The project also includes track improvements to support freight- and passenger-rail services, and a new layover facility.

Ridership on the line between Boston and Fitchburg has grown steadily since 2004. The new Wachusett station is expected to serve more than 400 new passengers by 2012, and divert 824 vehicle trips from Route 2.



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