Expansion project for Northampton’s train platform begins

Hampshire County

Northampton’s train platform is in the process of getting a facelift. 

Northampton’s train platform is expanding, in hopes of bringing more passengers into the city. 

Construction has begun to extend the station platform in Northampton to 146 feet. It’s a nearly 100-foot increase. MassDOT announced the extension in June 2017.

Passengers can expect new ramps and stairs to access the platform extensions. More trains will be added in the morning and evening. 

A new bike rack will also be installed, along with new lighting and signage. 

“I think it’s a great idea,” one local resident told 22News. “It’s more comfortable than flying.”

Florence resident, Debbie Franklin has used to the Vermonter from time to time. She once took the train to go from Northampton to Pennsylvania. 

“It was very comfortable, it was very easy, inexpensive compared to flying and less stressful,” Franklin told 22News.

More people used the Vermonter in Northampton in 2018 than any other year on record. This extension hopes to bring more passengers into the city, more than 21,000 passengers used the Vermonter at the Northampton station last year. 

That’s more than a 10 percent increase from 2017.

“It’s a major economic driver,” said Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz. “It’s been shown around the country if you provide good access to travel like this.”

When completed, which is scheduled for June 30, the station lot will consist of approximately 105 parking spaces with 5 spaces dedicated for accessible parking.

The Platform in Greenfield is also getting the same extension. 

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