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    1. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno adds support for study of high-speed, east-west rail in Massachusetts

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno adds support for study of high-speed, east-west rail in Massachusetts

      With the grand opening of Union Station just celebrated, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has urged the state House Ways and Means Committee to support a feasibility study of Springfield-to-Boston high-speed passenger rail service. Sarno filed the letter Tuesday with state Rep. Brian Dempsey, D-Haverhill, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, supporting a proposal to add the cost of the feasibility study to the state budget. State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, is sponsor of the Senate amendment.

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    2. Gov. Charlie Baker, Rep. Richard Neal speak at black tie gala, celebrating reopening of...

      Gov. Charlie Baker, Rep. Richard Neal speak at black tie gala, celebrating reopening of...

      For years, the station sat largely unused, falling into disuse in the 1970s when the popularity of rail travel declined. Yet after a long period of redevelopment it will finally open its doors to the public again.  With $94 million in floor-to-ceiling renovations, the new station has been resurrected, converted into an intermodal transit hub that offers service from Amtrak and Connecticut's commuter rail system to New Haven and New York City, as well as local and long-distance bus service.

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    3. Grand opening celebrations for Springfield's Union Station set for weekend

      Grand opening celebrations for Springfield's Union Station set for weekend

      The grand reopening of Springfield's Union Station will be celebrated with a series of festivities throughout the coming weekend.  Originally built in 1926, the structure saw decline and eventually became unused in the late 1970s after the popularity of rail travel declined. Now, after years of development and $94 million in floor-to-ceiling renovations, the station has been resurrected.

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    4. Springfield City Council joins push for state study of east-west high-speed rail in...

      Springfield City Council joins push for state study of east-west high-speed rail in...

      The City Council is all on board when it comes to supporting state Sen. Eric Lesser and his legislative bill that calls for a feasibility study of a high-speed rail access between Springfield and Boston. At a meeting Monday night, the council approved a resolution, placing it on record as supporting Senate Bill 1935, occurring on the same day that Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, led a "whistle stop" rail tour from Boston to Springfield to promote the bill. Lesser and other supporters are pushing for the study of high speed rail to be part of the 2018 state budget. Gov ...

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    5. State Sen. Eric Lesser rallies for high-speed rail study at Springfield's Union Station,...

      State Sen. Eric Lesser rallies for high-speed rail study at Springfield's Union Station,...

      State Sen. Eric Lesser brought a statewide "whistle stop" tour to a close with a rally at Union Station on Monday evening, drawing dozens of people who support linking Boston to Springfield with a high-speed rail line. The #Rally4Rail was the fifth and final stop on Lesser's day-long tour of communities that would be linked by the proposed rail system. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, started the day at Boston's South Station, took the commuter rail to Framingham, then drove his car to Worcester, Palmer and Springfield.

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    6. Track laid at CRRC subway car factory in Springfield

      Track laid at CRRC subway car factory in Springfield

      Workers are making tracks at the massive CRRC rail car factory now under construction in East Springfield. In addition to laying actual railroad tracks, they are installing electrical equipment and air handling systems, testing fire alarms, painting and putting the fixtures in the employee restrooms. Next week, workers are scheduled to put in the prefabricated electrical substation that will power the 2,240-foot-long test track, said Joseph Maliszewski, project manager at the site for Plaza Construction.

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    7. PVTA sets date to move into Springfield's Union Station | masslive.com

      PVTA sets date to move into Springfield's Union Station | masslive.com

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will begin serving the newly remolded Springfield Union Station on Sunday, June 25, according to a notice from the PVTA. June 25 will also be the date that the PVTA will stop servicing the Springfield Bus Terminal at 1776 Main St., about a block away from Union Station.  The official notice can be seen online here.  Peter Pan Bus Lines and its partner Greyhound will follow PVTA into Union Station, but a switch over date is not yet announced.

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    8. United Launches Flights from Bradley to San Francisco

      United Launches Flights from Bradley to San Francisco

      United Airlines’ inaugural flight from Bradley International Airport to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) took flight last week, marking the beginning of the seasonal service. “Bradley International Airport is a critical piece of Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure. Every day, more and more businesses and residents are turning to the airport as their first choice for air travel,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said. “The addition of this new, direct route to San Francisco increases options for people in the region to get to where they need to go.”

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    9. At Union Station, Springfield business leader says 'give me a train, give me a bus' and partnerships with Boston possible

      At Union Station, Springfield business leader says 'give me a train, give me a bus' and partnerships with Boston possible

      Transit, either on a bus or a train, is an economic development issue for Christian Lagier, managing director of TechSpring, Baystate Health's technology innovation center in downtown Springfield. "If you want me to work with people in Boston and build partnerships there, you have to give me a train. You have to give me a bus," Lagier said during a tour of Springfield Union Station hosted Thursday by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. "I waste four hours driving. I need my laptop. On a bus or a train, I can get ...

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    10. Appleton Corp. to manage Springfield Union Station

      Appleton Corp. to manage Springfield Union Station

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority has selected Appleton Corp. to manage day-to-day operations at Union Station when it reopens later this month. Union Station, built 91 years ago, closed in 1973. Its $94 million renovation was 40 years in the making. The grand reopening weekend is set for June 23, 24 and 25. Appleton Corp. is a unit of the O'Connell Companies in Holyoke. Construction company Daniel O'Connell's Sons, which served as general contractor on the Union Station redevelopment project, is also part of the O'Connell Companies.

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    11. Springfield Union Station inks deal with locally owned restaurant, The Whistle Stop, to take final retail space

      Springfield Union Station inks deal with locally owned restaurant, The Whistle Stop, to take final retail space

      Union Station has filed its final first-floor retail space with The Whistle Stop, a sit-down Italian restaurant that will be owned by Carlo Bonavita. The 1,107-square-foot Whistle Stop will feature stromboli, calzones, pizza, and other fare that passengers can take with them or dine-in. the restaurant will offer beer and wine and the beverage concept is entirely local. Carlo Bonavita's son, Sergio, owns Westfield River Brewing in Southwick. His brother, John, owns The Tavern in Westfield.

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    12. Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate

      Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate

      Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser's years-long bid to study high speed train service from Springfield to Boston appears to be back on the rails. Lesser's proposal for the state Department of Transportation to study the expansion of East-West rail service unanimously passed the state Senate Thursday afternoon as an amendment to the Senate's version of the state budget. The measure also made it into the final budget last year, but was axed by the veto of Gov. Charlier Baker.

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    13. With Peter Pan bus deal in place, 1st floor of Springfield's Union Station nears 100% occupancy ahead of grand opening

      With Peter Pan bus deal in place, 1st floor of Springfield's Union Station nears 100% occupancy ahead of grand opening

      The deal bringing Peter Pan Bus Lines along with its Springfield ticketing, dispatch and driver's lounge into Union Station means the ground floor of the sprawling intermodal transportation hub is 91 percent rented. The deal, formally announced on Tuesday, also means that Peter Pan will soon bring 100 long-distance intercity buses through Union Station a day, said Brian Stefano, president and CFO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. The company expects to carry more than 1 million passengers a year through Union Station. All told, planners expect five-to-eight million passengers and other guests to pass through Union Station, its grounds ...

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    14. Peter Pan Bus Lines agrees on move to Springfield's Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines agrees on move to Springfield's Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines has agreed to move its bus operations to Union Station, joining the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, Amtrak and the Connecticut Department of Transportation as transportation operators at the refurbished transit hub. Springfield-based Peter Pan and its partner Greyhound submitted the only response to a request for proposals soliciting bids for intercity bus service. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Peter Pan officials have set a formal announcement for Tuesday morning.

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    15. New PVTA Administrator Sandra Sheehan says she'll bring public transit 'into the next era'

      New PVTA Administrator Sandra Sheehan says she'll bring public transit 'into the next era'

      Sandra E. Sheehan, the next administrator of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, said she is looking forward to her new job. Sheehan, a veteran planner who is active in education issues in the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District, was hired this week by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Advisory Board to succeed Mary MacInnes, the PVTA's administrator for the past decade. Sheehan is expected to begin her new job at the end of this month. MacInnes, whose annual salary was $137,000, retired from the PVTA last month.

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    16. PVTA selects Sandra Sheehan of Hampden as new administrator

      PVTA selects Sandra Sheehan of Hampden as new administrator

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Advisory Board has selected Sandra E. Sheehan of Hampden as the agency's next administrator. "The Advisory Board was very impressed with Ms. Sheehan and strongly supported offering her the administrator position," said Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, chairman of the PVTA Advisory Board. "We felt that she has the right mix of transit industry experience, leadership skills, and local knowledge to lead the PVTA as it faces new challenges in the coming years."

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    17. PVTA bus, office and retail contracts OK'd for Springfield's Union Station; Peter Pan deal still in the works

      PVTA bus, office and retail contracts OK'd for Springfield's Union Station; Peter Pan deal still in the works

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday night approved contracts for Union Station with the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, office tenant Dietz & Company Architects and a vendor that will operate two of the three retail kiosks. The SRA, owner of the reborn transit hub, is close to a deal for intercity bus service with Springfield's Peter Pan Bus Lines and its national partner Geyhound, said SRA Executive Director Christopher J. Moskal. Moskal discussed Peter Pan and Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines, with SRA board members in executive session, and said there will be a further ...

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    18. PVTA, Union Station sign pact; Peter Pan only bidder on long-distance bus service

      PVTA, Union Station sign pact; Peter Pan only bidder on long-distance bus service

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has signed a 75-year lease to move into Springfield's Union Station. Union Station reopens in June as a multimodal transit hub following a $94 million soup-to-nuts rehabilitation decades in the making. Union Station will serve as the PVTA's Springfield hub and as its main ticketing and customer service facility. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, long a champion of the Union Station project, announced the pact Friday afternoon with retiring PVTA administrator Mary L. MacInnes. They were joined by Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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    19. Westfield opens $3.6M Olver Transit Pavilion as hub of downtown redevelopment

      Westfield opens $3.6M Olver Transit Pavilion as hub of downtown redevelopment

      Westfield officials and the PVTA opened the doors Friday on the new $3.65 million Olver Transit Pavilion at the corner of Arnold and Elm streets in the heart of the city's downtown. With bathrooms, a ticketing kiosk that video links with Pioneer Valley Transit Authority customer service representatives, a display board for the Chamber of Commerce, bike racks, a vending machine with bike parts and supplies and, soon, a coffee shop, the pavilion is seen by city planners as the center of a downtown redevelopment project stretching over blocks and decades.

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    20. Springfield City Councilors tour Union Station ahead of grand opening (photos, video)

      Springfield City Councilors tour Union Station ahead of grand opening (photos, video)

      Although the Union Station revival has been in the making for more than 40 years, construction has only been underway in the last few years.  "I think it's fantastic. Compared to what we had in the past, as a person who uses the train, this is so welcoming, inviting, and this is going to be a huge economic development engine for the City of Springfield," said Councilor Kateri Walsh. The ongoing Union Station revival now has an endpoint on the horizon as plans for a grand opening celebration were recently announced. On Saturday, June 24, from 6-11 p.m ...

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    21. Westover invites 150 Springfield, Chicopee, Worcester students to learn about leadership,...

      Westover invites 150 Springfield, Chicopee, Worcester students to learn about leadership,...

      There was a tug-a-war competition, an egg drop challenge, a chance to ask questions about military careers and, to top it off, a tour of the largest plane in the country. Yesterday Westover Air Reserve Base officials invited about 150 students from Springfield, Chicopee and Worcester for its annual youth outreach event. The community event, which has been held for at least 10 years in a row, brings students mainly who are in Junior ROTC program for a day of activities and education. "A lot of the kids want to know what it is like to be in the military ...

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    22. Rep. Seth Moulton: Boston rail project would benefit Springfield

      Rep. Seth Moulton: Boston rail project would benefit Springfield

      U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, a major booster of a proposed rail link between Boston's two major train hubs, is arguing that the project will also be good for Springfield. Moulton, in an interview with The Republican after an unrelated event in Boston, tried to distinguish between the North-South rail link proposal to connect Boston's North Station and South Station and the Big Dig -- the massive Boston highway project plagued by cost overruns and design flaws.

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    23. Grand opening celebration for Springfield's Union Station planned for June

      Grand opening celebration for Springfield's Union Station planned for June

      In a brief ceremony Thursday morning in the great hall of Union Station, Judy Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield, announced the building's rebirth is planned with a gala celebration on Saturday, June 24 from 6-11 p.m. Joining Matt in making the announcement were an array of government , media, and business leaders including Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, MGM Springfield President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Matthis, Maura McCaffrey, president and chief executive officer of Health New England, and William Pepin, president and general manager for WWLP-22 News

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    24. Springfield seeks bids on long-distance bus service at Union Station

      Springfield seeks bids on long-distance bus service at Union Station

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority issued a formal request for proposals Monday seeking qualified intercity bus carriers to operate long-distance service from the soon-to-reopen Union Station. Negotiations continue with Springfield's own Peter Pan Bus Lines, said Springfield Chief Economic Development Officer Kevin Kennedy. "We don't have an agreement," Kennedy said. The RFP announcement requires interested parties to respond by 2 p.m. April 28. The RFP doesn't mean the city and the Redevelopment Authority will never reach a deal to bring Peter Pan into Union Station. The bus company now operates out of the Peter Pan-owned Peter L ...

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