1. Pioneer Valley looks to leverage $643M Connecticut passenger rail investment in New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line

    Pioneer Valley looks to leverage $643M Connecticut passenger rail investment in New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line

    Connecticut is spending $643 million in state and federal money improving the rail line from Springfield south to New Haven, with plans to run frequent commuter service by the beginning of 2018. And now is the time, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal said Friday, for Springfield and the Pioneer Valley to figure out how to leverage that investment and cooperate with Connecticut to bring more passenger rail service here going both north-south and running east-west from Boston through Worcester to Springfield -- and then on either to New Haven and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor or to Montreal.

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    1. Before you know it they are going to be in Springfield from the Connecticut side.
    2. Gov. Baker has been very open minded. I've talked to him about it.
    3. Obviously we are looking for some regional equity.
    4. It is one of the great challenges and opportunities for government.
    5. It underscores that Springfield is really the crossroads of New England when it comes to rail travel.
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