CSX Corp. plans to more than double the size of its freight yard on Franklin Street and make the city its new freight hub for New England.
The $100 million project is part of a private-public partnership between the state and CSX to reposition its freight operations in Massachusetts, so the rail line between Worcester and Boston can be opened up to more commuter trains, with a goal of eventually reaching 20 to 25 commuter trains per day, according to Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray.
There are currently 12 round trips per day between Worcester and Boston. The Worcester-Framingham line carries more than 9,000 passengers into Boston each weekday.
CSX has long operated a freight yard in the Franklin Street area, just east of Interstate 290. About 400 trucks per day enter and exit the 23-acre facility.
But because CSX will be moving its main freight operations out of its Beacon Park yards in the Allston section of Boston, the company needs to reposition its freight activity at existing rail yards it has in Central and Western Massachusetts.
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