North Central Massachusetts is strategically located within an hour’s drive from Metro Boston and thirty minutes from Metro Worcester with easy accessibility via Route 2 serving as an east-west corridor with fast connections to Route 496, 190 and 91 for north-south travel. Commuting is easy with in the region and for Boston commuters, the MBTA offers train service from intermodal centers in downtown Fitchburg and West Fitchburg extending into Boston with convenient stations in North Leominster Shirley and Ayer. Even air travel is convenient in North Central Massachusetts with private jet service at the Fitchburg Regional Airport and at the Worcester Regional Airport. Major international airports in Boston, Providence and Manchester, N.H. are no more than 90 minutes away. Freight rail services are primarily provided to the North Central region by three carriers: CSX; Pan Am; and Providence-Worcester. These carriers have multiple connections with each other and provide very thorough coverage throughout the region and beyond it to the entire country. Public Transportation is provided to most of the communities in the region by the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART).
International and Regional Airport Hubs
Passenger Rail Service
MBTA Passenger Train service
Freight Rail Service
Operates a freight rail line from Leominster to their rail yard in Framingham, as well as freight service from Ayer to Worcester. The connections in Framingham and Worcester are linked as part of a CSX system that runs from Boston along the I-90 corridor to Albany, NY and from there to NYC, the entire Eastern seaboard, and as far West as Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans.
Formerly known as Guilford Rail, Pan Am operates the primary rail line along Route 2 as far as Albany, and also along Route 91 from CT into VT. Along with their access rights to other rail lines, they can provide freight service from North Central MA to Boston or Albany, and from White River Junction, VT to New Haven, Waterbury, and Derby, CT, with a connection at their own line in Greenfield, MA. Pan Am and Norfolk Southern recently announced a partnership to make improvements to the entire rail system between Albany and Boston, with improvements to the tracks and facilities expected to improve transport times.
Their primary regional line runs from Gardner to Worcester, with connections to other operators in both locations. Also operates lines through RI and CT, as well as providing freight service up through VT to the Canadian border.
Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART) Bus
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