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    1. Springfield-New Haven rail line debuting in 2018 topic of talk at Springfield Library

      Springfield-New Haven rail line debuting in 2018 topic of talk at Springfield Library

      Potential passengers or those who are simply curious can learn more about CTrail, the commuter passenger train service the Connecticut Department of Transportation will launch next year, at a talk on Wednesday evening. The rail advocacy organization Trains In The Valley is sponsoring the talk by Hartford Line project manager John E. Bernick on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Central Library. Trains In the Valley is asking people to register at trainsinthevalley.eventbrite.com.

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    2. Bradley International Airport Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler

      Bradley International Airport Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that Condé Nast Traveler has released the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and Bradley International Airport has been recognized as the fifth-best airport in the U.S. with a score of 82.35. “We are very proud to have earned this prestigious recognition, and we thank not only the many travelers who voted for us, but all of the millions of passengers who choose Bradley for their travel needs on an annual basis,” said CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon. “This distinguished award from the travel community is a testament to our ...

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    3. Springfield's Union Station wins national environmental award for brownfield redevelopment

      Springfield's Union Station wins national environmental award for brownfield redevelopment

      The Phoenix Awards Institute has recognized Springfield Union Station as the best example of brownfield redevelopment in the county for 2017. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, the driving force behind the station's $95-million rehabilitation into a modern intermodal transportation hub, gathered Monday with city officials to celebrate the award. The Phoenix Awards were announced at the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

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    4. Union Station getting busy with fast food, rental car service and more open for business (photos)

      Union Station getting busy with fast food, rental car service and more open for business (photos)

      Dietz & Co. Architects is doing business in 8,000 square feet of office space on an upper floor of Union Station. And downstairs, Sixt Rental Car, a Subway sandwich shop, Dunkin' Donuts, Commuter Variety newsstand, Peter Pan Bus Lines, Greyhound, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority and a few retail kiosks fill up some of the a available retail space. There is more space available and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority is showing the property to prospective tenants. Peter Picknelly of Peter Pan Bus Lines said he's working on deals to bring both the company's offices and a branch of ...

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    5. The Connecticut Airport Authority Announcement

      The Connecticut Airport Authority Announcement

      The Connecticut Airport Authority is proud to announce that, after a year of major developments, Bradley International Airport has been rated as the 5th best airport in the nation in the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. The highly regarded travel magazine recently completed its 30th annual reader survey, which incorporated ratings from over 300,000 travelers.

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    6. CTrail announces proposed fares for Springfield-New Haven trains

      CTrail announces proposed fares for Springfield-New Haven trains

      Under a set of proposed fares released Monday, it would cost $12.75 for a one-way ticket from Springfield to New Haven on the new CTrail commuter train service that begins in May 2018. The short hop to Windsor Locks would cost $4, according to the rate schedule released by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. When the CTrail Hartford Line service launches, 12 round-trip trains will operate daily from Springfield to New Haven, nine on weekends. Tickets bought on board the trains will be a little more expensive. But there are discounts for weekly passes, as well as 10-trip ticket ...

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    7. CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars

      CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars

      CRRC, which is nearing completion on its 204,000-square-foot rail car factory in East Springfield, will ship the first four prototype Orange Line MBTA cars from China to Boston Nov. 18. The cars will leave via the Port of Shanghai and arrive at the Hub in December -- the first of the 404 Orange and Red line cars CRRC plans to build for the Boston-area subway in the next few years.

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    8. Business leaders say enhanced rail service will boost industry and quality of life in Western Mass. & Connecticut

      Business leaders say enhanced rail service will boost industry and quality of life in Western Mass. & Connecticut

      Ninety percent of business leaders in the bi-state Springfield and Hartford region say the soon-to-begin New Haven to Springfield CTrail commuter train service will benefit their enterprise. Many of those businesses, 41 percent, say the most important benefit will be to bring them the skilled workers they need. Nearly half, 49, percent said the service will benefit the region's quality-of-life. This is according to the Hartford New Haven Business Survey unveiled Wednesday by New England's Knowledge Corridor.

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    9. Bradley International named 5th best airport in the U.S. | masslive.com

      Bradley International named 5th best airport in the U.S. | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport has been named the fifth best airport in the U.S. with a score of 82.35 by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.  'We are very proud to have earned this prestigious recognition, and we thank not only the many travelers who voted for us, but all of the millions of passengers who choose Bradley for their travel needs on an annual basis,' said Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon on Tuesday. 'This distinguished award from the travel community is a testament to our continuous growth and commitment to top-quality customer service at Bradley ...

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    10. Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February

      Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February

      Promising modern MBTA subway cars and more frequent service on the Orange and Red lines, Gov. Charlie Baker toured the nearly completed CRRC MA rail car factory here on Thursday afternoon. "These cars can't get here fast enough," Baker said after walking through the mammoth production floor and meeting with newly trained workers. "We have a lot of work to do on our public transit systems. That includes our tracks, switches, station and yes, it includes these cars."

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    11. How much did your community get? State transportation grants to rural Western...

      How much did your community get? State transportation grants to rural Western...

      The Baker administration on Tuesday announced that it was awarding $8.5 million in grants for infrastructure projects in 10 rural towns. The grants came through MassWorks, a grant program that funds local infrastructure. Each year, 10 percent of grants are reserved for transportation and roadway projects in small towns, those with fewer than 7,000 inhabitants. Many of these projects are in Western Massachusetts. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack said in a statement, “These grants will renew critical local infrastructure which connects our residents and visitors in rural communities to the education resources, hospitals, and the good and vital ...

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    12. See the new MBTA Orange Line cars in action in China

      See the new MBTA Orange Line cars in action in China

      The MBTA on Tuesday released footage of the new MBTA Orange Line train cars in action.

      The short video from the MBTA showed pilot train cars rolling down a track in Changchun, China.

      CRRC, which is building a $95 million factory in East Springfield, is based in Changchun.

      Hundreds of train cars are expected to be made at the facility in Springfield. The company plans to build subway cars for Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

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    13. As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility

      As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility

      With the start of subway car production at CRRC MA's massive new factory in East Springfield just months away, Gov. Charlie Baker and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno are set to tour the facility. They'll be at the factory, a $95 million behemoth nearing completion at the old Westinghouse site on Interstate 291, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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    14. Rail projects in Holyoke, Ware funded by state industrial freight access program

      Rail projects in Holyoke, Ware funded by state industrial freight access program

      Two projects in Holyoke and one in Ware are among several around the state that will receive funding from the state Industrial Rail Access Program. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation released a list this week of eight grant projects totaling $3 million. To qualify, each project must by matched with at least 40 percent private sector money, according to the news release.

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    15. Holyoke and Ware receive over $1M to expand industrial rail and freight access

      Holyoke and Ware receive over $1M to expand industrial rail and freight access

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday, eight industrial freight grants totaling over $3 million as part of the 2017 Industrial Rail Access Program awards. The awards program supports projects that improve or expand rail or freight access, economic opportunity and job growth. “This unique program supports economic development and job growth across the Commonwealth by expanding and improving access to the rail infrastructure so important to the success of our employers,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement. “Freight rail shipping is a priority for the competitiveness of companies large and small, connecting their sites and products to ...

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    16. With Springfield factory nearing completion, China's CRRC readies first prototype T cars for shipment to Boston

      With Springfield factory nearing completion, China's CRRC readies first prototype T cars for shipment to Boston

      CRRC will unveil the first prototype subway cars it's building for Boston's MBTA on Oct. 16 at its factory in Changchun, China. The unveiling will trumpet the cars as CRRC's first entry into the North American market despite being the world's largest manufacturer of railway cars. The company has built vehicles and even whole transit systems elsewhere around the world. The ceremony comes as contractors finish work on CRRC's factory in the East Springfield neighborhood that will make all the production models and fulfill CRRC's orders from the T totaling 524 rail cars.

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    17. Peter Pan Bus Lines touts investment, expansion after Greyhound split

      Peter Pan Bus Lines touts investment, expansion after Greyhound split

      Peter Pan Bus Lines has doubled its route miles, hired more workers and spent $13 million on new buses after ending its partnership with rival Greyhound. "We are back to our complete independence," said Peter Picknelly, chairman of Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines. Peter Pan and Greyhound announced in August that they were ending their cooperative agreement after nearly 19 years. The two bus lines had worked together servicing routes and sold tickets to each others buses.

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    18. Study finds improving rail service is top transit priority for Western Mass. residents

      Study finds improving rail service is top transit priority for Western Mass. residents

      Ask a Massachusetts resident how to get across the state and the answer, in many cases, is "You can't get there from here." At least not easily, and not using public transportation. A group of Massachusetts senators asked residents what transportation improvements are most important to them. The answer in Western Massachusetts was similar to the answer around the state: residents want improved rail service, followed by better buses. "Whatever region people came from, people saw as a top mobility priority regional rail," said Jim Aloisi, a former state transportation secretary who worked on the Senate study.

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    19. Greyhound begins operating out of Springfield Union Station

      Greyhound begins operating out of Springfield Union Station

      Bus carrier Greyhound, which is soon to end its partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines, announced Monday that it has started operating out of Union Station. Greyhound has a dedicated ticket counter at the newly rebuilt station, which opened in June following a three-year, $95-million renovation. But Greyhound is not using that ticket counter yet, instead directing folks to the Peter Pan desk a few feet away. Last month, both Peter Pan and Greyhound announced that they will end their cooperation agreement as of Sept. 27. after nearly 19 years.

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    20. Peter Pan Bus Lines moves to Springfield Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines moves to Springfield Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will move its bus operations and ticket counter into the newly reopened Springfield Union Station Wednesday, Sept. 6. Schedules will run as normal, Peter Pan said in a news release. The long-expected move, which the Springfield-based bus carrier and the Springfield Redvelopment Authority announced in May, will begin to clear the way for the redevelopment of the station at 1776 Main St.

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    21. Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines to end partnership with Greyhound | masslive.com

      Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines to end partnership with Greyhound | masslive.com

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will end its partnership with Greyhound next month after nearly 19 years.  The two bus lines have sold co-branded tickets on either carrier throughout the northeast. The two companies have also coordinated routes and schedules since October of 1998.  The partnership ends Sept. 27, according to an announcement on the Peter Pan website. The move will allow Peter Pan to offer paperless boarding on all its routes, more express service and to be on-time more often, according to the company.

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    22. CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy

      CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy

      Rail car manufacturer CRRC has received a certificate of occupancy for its 204,000-square-foot factory on Page Boulevard, the company said Monday in a press release. That certificate, which means the structure complies with building codes, was issued June 30, 45 days ahead of schedule.  CRRC is building a 204,000-square-foot, $95 million factory at the old Westinghouse site in East Springfield. Workers are expected to start building subway cars in the factory in early 2018.

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    23. Rail passenger gathering at Springfield's Union Station to discuss future of train travel in New England

      Rail passenger gathering at Springfield's Union Station to discuss future of train travel in New England

      Rail passengers will gather Saturday in Springfield to tour Union Station and learn of possible improvements to rail travel in the region, including plans for an expansion of real service along the Connecticut River north of Springfield. They'll also learn about the possibility of, and stumbling blocks  for, increased east-west rail service from Springfield through Worcester to Boston, long-term plans to add service from Boston through Springfield to Montreal and the CT Rail project which will increase the frequency of service from Springfield to New Haven starting next May.

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    24. Peter Pan Bus Lines closing gas station as next step in redevelopment of Springfield property

      Peter Pan Bus Lines closing gas station as next step in redevelopment of Springfield property

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will close its open-to-the-public gas station on Liberty Street Thursday. Environmental regulations require replacing the tanks, and the company's long-term plans for the site don't include the gas station, said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. The company will soon be moving its Springfield terminal to the recently opened Union Station. Picknelly has long-term plans to redevelop the parcel at the corner of Liberty and Main streets.

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