What is the Rail & Transit Division?

Freight Train Traveling Through Forest

The Rail and Transit Division provides oversight and manages funding for all 15 Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs), offers several competitive grant programs, and manages freight, passenger, and seasonal rail lines across the state. The competitive grant programs offered by MassDOT include:

  • the Community Transit Grant Program, which provides funding for lift-equipped accessible vehicles and technical assistance; and
  • the Intercity Bus Program, which awards subsidy to intercity bus providers operating routes in rural regions in MA.

MassDOT owns 14 rail lines (totaling 285 miles of track), 165 bridges, 747 culverts, 314 at-grade crossings, and 12 rail yards, working cooperatively with Amtrak and private railroad companies to provide intercity passenger and freight rail service to residents and businesses.

Organizational structure of Rail and Transit Division.