Opening date set for Holyoke, Massachusetts Amtrak train station

August 20, 2015

HOLYOKE — All aboard, Holyoke, Amtrak service returns next week.

Amtrak will begin Vermonter line service to and from the Paper City’s new $4.3 million passenger station at the corner of Main and Dwight Streets on Aug. 27, said Marcos A. Marrero, Holyoke’s director of planning and economic development.

Construction has been completed for weeks, Marrero said Wednesday. Amtrak construction engineers inspected the station Aug. 10 and gave their final OK for trains to use it.

Marrero said a celebration and ribbon cutting is set for 12:30 p.m. The first train stops at 1:45 p.m.

Amtrak stopped serving Connecticut River communities north of Springfield in 1989 when deteriorating track conditions forced the railroad to shift the route to the east, adding time and complications to the trip.

But the tracks paralleling the river and the busy Interstate 91 corridor, called the Knowledge Corridor Line, were rehabilitated in a $120 million state and federal project. The federal stimulus program provided $73 million of the $120 million, with the state making up the rest.

Vermont and Connecticut also rebuilt tracks with federal help, and Connecticut has an ongoing project under construction now to add a second track from New Haven to Springfield.

Read reporter Jim Kinney’s full story at masslive.com by clicking here.

 

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