1. Massachusetts rail plan, passenger trains in Pioneer Valley, open to public comment

    Massachusetts rail plan, passenger trains in Pioneer Valley, open to public comment

    With the planned reopening of Springfield Union Station now just weeks away, officials want the public to learn about and comment on a new statewide rail plan. A plan update and public comment meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress St., Springfield. The state's goal is to have the rail plan, which addresses both passenger and freight service, completed sometime in the first three months of 2017, said  Timothy Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and a rail advocate.

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