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The layer includes active passenger, freight, and MBTA Commuter Rail and Rapid Transit railways, along with abandoned rail lines and railroad beds now used as rail trails. In many instances there is more than one track per rail line, and rail yards and spurs are included.
The Central Transportation Planning Staff updated and enhanced railroad linework distributed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as 1:100,000 Digital Line Graphs (DLGs). The original 1:100,000 DLG data were conflated to the orthophoto-derived 1:5,000 Centerline linework now used in this layer. CTPS added several attributes pertaining to type of service, MBTA Commuter Rail status, rail line ownership, and freight and passenger operation.
Stored in ArcSDE and distributed in shapefile format, the statewide layers are named TRAINS_ARC (rail lines), TRAINS_NODE (named station locations) and TRAINS_RTE_TRAIN (MBTA Commuter Rail Routes (a dissolved subset of TRAINS_ARC). In addition, the MBTA Rapid Transit data are stored in separate layers (subway, trolley, Silver Line railways and T stops).
The data are up-to-date through July 15, 2014.
CTPS transferred the attributes from the old trains data layer and has added many more. CTPS used track charts, railroad timetables, old maps, University of New Hampshire website, railroad websites, books, rail experts and field work for sources of information.
The lines and branches in the arc layer represent the most current name for the rail line while the route feature class has more names for same line. One line may be named differently and have different beginning and ending points because of historic changes or because of passenger operations and freight operations on the line. The route system contains routes based on several sources. The route source item identifies its source. The karr_rt is the numbering system depicted in "The Rail Lines of Southern New England" by Ronald Karr. The 189 routes include the Amtrak Downeaster, Amtrak Northeast Corridor, the MBTA Commuter Rail lines, and others.
Segments of rail trails that are in the railroad right-of-way have been added. Track numbers were coded where track charts were available to delineate them.
The node layer contains station names and links to the Federal Railroad Administration's Crossing database (crossing), the National Bridge Inventory (bin, alt-bin) and MassHighway Road Inventory data layer (csn).
MassGIS received data from CTPS and converted the route and node layers directly to ArcSDE format. The arc feature class was dissolved on all fields to remove pseudo-nodes before being imported to SDE. MassGIS also performed some quality assurance on the data.
The TRAINS_ARC attribute table includes the following fields:
Item Name Width/Type Description TYPE 2 / I Type of service. See TABLE 1 below SOURCE 5 / C See TABLE 2 below COMMRAIL 1 / C Commuter Rail status. See TABLE 3 below OWNERSHIP 10 / C See TABLE 4 below FREIGHT_OP 10 / C See TABLE 5 below PASS_OP 11 / C See TABLE 6 below COMM_LINE 40 / C Names of Commuter Rail lines. See TABLE 7 below LINE_BRNCH 20 / C Line branch VALPLANNUM 6 / C RR line no. & map no. ref. VALPLANOWN 10 / C See TABLE 8 below TRACK 10 / I Track no. in track chart KARR_RT 6 / C RR rt. in Karrs book YARD 30 / C Name of rail yard FREIGHT_ML 1 / C B&M’s Freight Mainline STATE 2 / C 2-character U.S. state abbreviation LINE_CODE 10 / I Trk no. in “takings” doc RAIL_TRL 25 / C Rail trail-(rr row prt only) SPUR 25 / C Short side track connecting to main line RT_CLASS 5 / I Rapid Transit rail class. See TABLE 9 below RT_LINE 20 / C Abbreviated name for Rapid Transit line RT_STATUS 1 / C Status of Rapid Transit line (Y = active; P = proposed) MAP_ONE 1 / C Singles out one arc on multiple track lines for display purposes DATE_ABAND 5 / I Year line was abandoned ASSET 10 / I Name of tunnel (for Rapid Transit lines) ASSET_ID 25 / C ASSET identifier SERV_TYPE 25 / C Service type DES_HSPDC 25 / C Designated high speed rail corridor (indicated with a value of -1)
The TRAINS_NODE attribute table includes the following fields:
Item Name Width/Type Description STATION 25 / C Station name C_RAILSTAT 1 / C MBTA Commuter Rail station status (See TABLE 3 below) AMTRAK 1 / C AMTRAK station ("Y" if yes) MAP_STA 1 / C Singles out one station point ("Y") for display purposes LINE_BRNCH 25 / C Commuter Rail line or other line/branch name on which the station is located STATE 25 / C State in which the train station is located
The TRAINS_RTE_TRAIN route class attribute table includes the following fields:
Item Name Width/Type Description COMM_LINE 30 / C Name of MBTA Commuter line COMMRAIL 1 / C MBTA Commuter Rail line status (See TABLE 3 below)
The following tables detail code descriptions (for TRAINS_ARC unless otherwise specified):
TABLE 1 - TYPE
1 Active rail service 2 Multiple use i.e. active and recreation 3 Abandoned rail service 4 Abandoned rail service ROW in public ownership 5 Unknown status 6 Out of service 7 Right-of-way (ROW) used for hiking and biking 8 Other ROW (once used for trolleys, or never built or used for rail) 9 MBTA Rapid Transit
Visible indicates new 1:5000 scale line work received from MassGIS. These codes refer to the source of the attribute information. In addition to the coded sources, CTPS relied heavily on the University New Hampshire's website of scanned maps and the personal resources and expertise of CTPS staff person Tom Humphrey.
TABLE 3 - COMMRAIL (arcs) and C_RAILSTAT (nodes)
1890 1890 Topographical maps of Massachusetts (MA publisher). 1938 1938 General Highway Maps (MA DPW publisher). BTS Bureau of Transportation Statistics CTPS CTPS staff KARR "The Rail Lines of Southern New England" by Ronald Karr MACOA Massachusetts Coastal Railways MBTA Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority P&W Providence and Worcester Railroad vpmap Valuation Section Maps of 1917 of NY, NH, &H and Central NE Lines and 1970's Boston & Main Valuation Section Map.
TABLE 4 - OWNERSHIP
Y Active MBTA Commuter Rail line or station S Seasonal Commuter Rail service (to Cape Cod in the summer, and to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough for special events) P Seriously proposed Commuter Rail line or station C Under construction
TABLE 5 - FREIGHT_OP (Freight Operation)
AMTRAK AMTRAK BCLR Bay Colony Railroad COMM MA Commonwealth of Massachusetts CP Canadian Pacific Railway CSO Connecticut Southern Railroad CSX CSX Transportation CT STATE F Connecticut DCR MA Department of Conservation and Recreation DFG MA Department of Fish and Game EB&S East Brookfield & Spencer Railroad FEDERAL United States Departments--DOD and Parks G&U Grafton & Upton HOUSATONIC Houstonic Railroad LOCAL City or town MASS COASTAL Massachusetts Coastal Railways MASSPORT Massachusetts Port Authority MBTA Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority MWRA Massachusetts Water Resources Authority MassDOT-HIGHWAY Mass. Dept. of Transportation - Highway Division MassDOT-RAIL Mass. Dept. of Transportation - Rail & Transit Division NECR New England Central Railroad P&W Providence and Worcester Railroad PANAM Pan Am Railways PAS Pan Am Southern PI Private Industry PRIVATE Private owner PV Pioneer Valley Railroad SEAVIEW TRANSPORTATION Seaview Transportation Company UTILITY Utility VC Central Vermont
TABLE 6 - PASS_OP (Passenger Operation)
BCLR Bay Colony Railroad (OoS indicates out of state) CP Canadian Pacific Railway CSO Connecticut Southern Railroad CSX CSX Transportation EB&S East Brookfield & Spencer Railroad FLETCHER Fletcher Granite Quarry FORE Fore River Railroad G&U Grafton & Upton Railroad HOUSATONIC Housatonic Railroad KARR Karr MACOASTAL Massachusetts Coastal Railways MBTA Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority MCR Massachusetts Central Railroad NECR New England Central Railroad P&W Providence & Worcester Railroad PANAM Pan Am Railways PAS Pan Am Southern PV Pioneer Valley Railroad SEAVIEW Seaview Transportation Company
TABLE 7 - COMM_LINE (MBTA Commuter Rail Lines)
AMTRAK AMTRAK AMTRAK/MBTA AMTRAK and MBTA operate on the line BERK SCENIC Recreational "dinner ride" in Berkshires CC DN Recreational "dinner ride" to Cape Cod MBTA Massachusett Bay Transportation Authority
CFLYR CapeFLYER Line FAIR Fairmount Line FITCH Fitchburg Line fox Foxboro (special events-only line) FR Fall River Line FRANK Franklin Line GB Greenbush Line HAV Haverhill/Reading Line LOW Lowell Line MID-LAKE Middleborough/Lakeville Line NB New Bedford Line NEE Needham Line NEW-ROC Newburyport/Rockport Line OC Old Colony Lines PLY-KING Plymouth/Kingston Line PROV-STO Providence/Stoughton Line SC South Coast Lines WOR Worcester Line
Lines that share the same track are separated with a +.
TABLE 8 - VALPLANOWN (Valuation Plan Owner at the time of 1917 valuation)
B&A Boston & Albany B&M Boston & Maine CHATHAM RR Chatham Railroad CV Central Vermont G&U Grafton & Upton HAMPDEN RR Hampden Railroad HT&W Hoosac Tunnel & Wilmington LRR Lancaster Railroad N&W Norwich & Worcester NYNH&H New York, New Haven & Hartford P&W Providence & Worcester SALEM & LA Salem & Lawrence SNE Southern New England Railway UNION FREI Union Freight
TABLE 9 - RT_CLASS (MBTA Rapid Transit rail class)
1 Above Ground, Private ROW 2 Light Rail with Reservation in Street 3 Light Rail in Street with Traffic 4 Elevated 6 Open Cut 7 Underground Subway
The Central Transportation Planning Staff will update the datalayer as needed and provide data files to MassGIS for distribution.
In the July 2014 release the SERV_TYPE and DES_HSPDC fields were added to TRAINS_ARC, the fields LINE_BRNCH and STATE were added to TRAINS_NODE, and the status of some Commuter Rail lines and stations were updated to reflect the latest MBTA map.
Last Updated 7/15/2014