Passenger Rail Service
Amtrak Vermonter Northampton Service
Vermonter Service Background
In early 2014, the Amtrak Vermonter (PDF) began serving Northampton as a part of the Vermonter's service route change moving service from Amherst ( east side of the Connecticut River) over to Northampton (west side of the river). The Vermonter operates from St. Albans, Vt. through Northampton, Holyoke, Springfield, Hartford, New Haven and all points along the eastern coast ending in Washington, D.C. The southbound Vermonter stops in Northampton at 2:01 pm and the northbound arrives in Northampton at 3:57 pm.
History of Connecticut River Passenger Rail
Prior to 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration provided $70 million in stimulus funds to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to improve the Connecticut River Rail Line to reestablish passenger rail service on the west side of the Connecticut River from the Connecticut border to the Vermont border. Additional funds were provided for track improvements in Connecticut and in Vermont.
Hartford Line Service
Rail Service from Springfield to Hartford, New Haven
The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) has significantly expanded rail service which started in June, 2018 between Springfield south to Hartford, Berlin, Meriden, Wallingford and New Haven with connections to the Northeast Corridor. Information on Hartford Line train schedules and fares can be found here. There will now be 12 trains daily running north and south between Springfield, Hartford and New Haven. Amtrak will continue their service of 6 trains daily and the Hartford Line will be operating 6 trains daily as well.
Springfield Union Station Transit Center
Springfield Union Station has opened for operations and offers travelers a new 300 car parking garage as well as a bus depot to accommodate Peter Pan, Greyhound and PVTA which offers frequent bus service to Northampton, Holyoke and Amherst.. The Springfield Amtrak Station currently houses "Shuttle" service between Springfield to Hartford and New Haven with 6 Amtrak "Shuttle" trains in each direction daily. This service is in addition to the Hartford Line service between Springfield and New Haven. .
Northampton to Springfield "North-South" Rail Passenger Rail Service
In the Summer of 2018, Governor Baker announced the start of new passenger rail service between Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke and Springfield with service expected to be operating by late Summer 2019. This rail service will involve two southbound trains in the morning and two northbound trains in the afternoon/evening. Weekend service may offer additional trains. Exact times and fares have not been announced as of June, 2019.
2018 Massachusetts State Rail Plan
The 2018 Draft Massachusetts State Rail Plan reports on North-South rail and ranks this service it as a "Tier 1 Priority Project" .
"Trains In The Valley" Rail Advocacy
The Trains in the Valley web site represents the efforts of local residents to promote the expansion of rail service through their web site which not only advocates for expanded rail passenger service but offers useful and current information on rail and transit issues and positive events.
For more information on the Connecticut River Rail Improvement Project access the Knowledge Corridor Rail Study (PDF).