State and federal lawmakers from Massachusetts are making plans to restore passenger rail service along the Connecticut River valley, on a line that runs from northern Vermont to Washington D.C.
The lawmakers gathered to look at a potential site for a passenger rail platform in Holyoke.
They announced that on-going construction will replace 20-thousand rail tiles from Greenfield to the Vermont border to bring rail service to Northampton and Greenfield in 2014.
The project is funded through a $73 million dollar federal grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The construction would relocate Amtrak’s Vermonter passenger train lines back to a prior route on the Pan Am Southern Railroad.