1. Regional Rail Service Picks Up Speed

    Regional Rail Service Picks Up Speed

    The launch of the Hartford line last month, which expands rail activity from Union Station in Springfield to a host of Connecticut stops, has been a success, judging by early ridership. More important, it has municipal and economic-development leaders from Greater Springfield thinking about the potential of a Springfield-to-Greenfield service beginning next year, as well as the viability of east-west service between Boston and Springfield. It’s about more than riding the trains, they say — it’s about what riders will do once they get here.

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    1. The simplest way to explain it is, the future is about connectivity, whether that connection is physical or electronic.
    2. When they bring Greenfield and Northampton and Holyoke into the loop with new depots (all built over the past few years), that's going to have a dramatic effect on how everyone comes and goes from Springfield.
    3. This new high-speed connection will be a welcome catalyst for business and tourism in the city and connect two important regional economic hubs.
    4. Any time you have a significant number of individuals coming into the city, that's an economic opportunity.
    5. I've spoken with scores of riders who have begun to use the Hartford Line and who are saying their commute has become much easier and less stressful.
    6. We know that it will take some time for this new rail service to grow to full maturity and become part of the everyday lives of Connecticut residents, but there is definitely an excitement about this long-overdue train service.
    7. With the Loop service starting there, it will provide an opportunity to see Springfield even beyond the casino.
    8. Carrying out a comprehensive study on east-west passenger rail will allow us to have a rigorous, fact-based discussion regarding options for potential service.
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