1. Cost of expanded New Haven-to-Springfield rail line jumps $135M | masslive.com

    Cost of expanded New Haven-to-Springfield rail line jumps $135M | masslive.com

    A plan to expand commuter rail service from New Haven, Connecticut, to Springfield, Massachusetts, will take about a year longer and $135 million more than expected, but Connecticut officials say they've secured a crucial commitment from Amtrak to keep work on schedule. The Courant reports that the railroad says new tracks will be ready for trains to run by January 2018 at a cost of $570 million. State transportation planners forecast as many as 750,000 passenger trips a year when the operation gets under way, and more than 1 million annually when the system is completed.

     

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