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    1. Holyoke celebrates return of passenger train service with $4.3 million station platform

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      Holyoke celebrates return of passenger train service with $4.3 million station platform

      Passenger train service was welcomed back to Holyoke Thursday (Aug. 27) after 50 years. "There is no doubt that Holyoke is on the map. We've been on the map, and today, even more so," Mayor Alex B. Morse said. State and local officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the new, $4.3 million Holyoke Passenger Rail Platform at Depot Square, Main and Dwight streets, where Amtrak will make two stops a day -- one northbound, one southbound.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Holyoke

    2. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to attend ribbon-cutting ceremony for new $4.3 million Amtrak station in Holyoke

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      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to attend ribbon-cutting ceremony for new $4.3 million Amtrak station in Holyoke

      Passenger trains haven't stopped in Holyoke for about 50 years, but that's all about to change. On Thursday, Aug. 27, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack are expected to join Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and other dignitaries for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $4.3 million Amtrak passenger train station in Holyoke.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Holyoke

    3. Holyoke planners seek traffic study for Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room project

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      Holyoke planners seek traffic study for Holyoke Medical Center $12 million emergency room project

      The Planning Board after a 90-minute public hearing Tuesday (Aug. 25) told Holyoke Medical Center to return Sept. 8 with a traffic study and other details related to a plan for a $12 million emergency room. The hospital at 575 Beech St. needs a new emergency department because the existing one was built to handle 18,000 visits a year and has been drawing more than 45,000, officials said. "The existing emergency room is untenable," said Spiros Hatiras, hospital president and chief executive officer.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Holyoke Medical Center   Springfield

    4. Mass. Department of Transportation to seek bids for North End Main Street reconstruction project

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      Mass. Department of Transportation to seek bids for North End Main Street reconstruction project

      The estimated $6 million, state-funded project will extend along Main Street from Osgood Street to the Chicopee city line. In connection with the project, the City Council has scheduled a special meeting on Thursday to consider allocating $48,750 for 118 land taking easements along the project corridor. The meeting is at noon, at the council chambers at City Hall.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    5. Renovations set for Hangar II at Westfield's Barnes Regional Airport

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      Renovations set for Hangar II at Westfield's Barnes Regional Airport

      More than $1 million in renovations are expected to begin next month at Hangar II at Barnes Regional Airport. The hangar, vintage 1939, has already been targeted by city officials as the future home of a new aviation program that is being launched at Westfield Technical Academy when public schools reopen in September. Airport Manager Brian Barnes said Monday exterior renovations, estimated at just over $1 million will be completed before the end of the year.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    6. Opening date set for Holyoke Amtrak train station | masslive.com

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      Opening date set for Holyoke Amtrak train station | masslive.com

      All aboard, Holyoke, Amtrak service returns next week.  Amtrak will begin Vermonter line service to and from the Paper City's new $4.3 million passenger station at the corner of Main and Dwight Streets on Aug. 27, said Marcos A. Marrero, Holyoke's director of planning and economic development.  Construction has been completed for weeks, Marrero said Wednesday. Amtrak construction engineers inspected the station Aug. 10 and gave their final OK for trains to use it.  Marrero said a celebration and ribbon cutting is set for 12:30 p.m. The first train stops at 1:45 p.m.

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    7. MassDOT: Sections of West Columbus Ave. in Springfield to close starting Monday

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      MassDOT: Sections of West Columbus Ave. in Springfield to close starting Monday

      MassDOT will close a section of West Columbus Avenue in Springfield just north of the Memorial Bridge between Hampden Street and Boland Way starting Monday as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Interstate 91 viaduct over downtown. The closure is necessary to allow contractors to widen the roadway to serve traffic more safely once the viaduct construction begins in earnest later this year. To access West Columbus Avenue near the Memorial Bridge from Hampden Street, turn left on East Columbus Avenue. Turn right onto Boland Way. Turn left onto West Columbus Avenue/Hall of Fame Avenue.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    8. MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video)

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      MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video)

      During an Aug. 5 meeting with The Republican editorial board, state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack responded to a question about the perceived inequality in major project funding and the appearance that eastern Massachusetts is given preference over the western part of the state. Although western Massachusetts is receiving attention from the state Legislature, including focus on the Union Station renovation and Northampton's Norwottuck Rail Trail, these projects and many more have been in the pipeline for years.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   The Republican

    9. MassDOT chief: Groundbreaking soon on $65M subway car factory in Springfield

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      MassDOT chief: Groundbreaking soon on $65M subway car factory in Springfield

      Expect a groundbreaking soon for the $65 million railroad passenger-car factory Chinese rail giant CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. is planning for East Springfield, said Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts secretary and CEO of the Department of Transportation. Pollack was in Springfield Wednesday mostly to talk about the Interstate 91 project. But she also discusses the 220,000-square-foot factory CNR is building  to supply new subway cars to the MBTA. The T falls under Pollack's jurisdiction.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    10. MassDOT chief confident I-91 rehab can be done in 2017 | masslive.com

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      MassDOT chief confident I-91 rehab can be done in 2017 | masslive.com

      In January, MassDOT awarded $148 million in contracts to the partnership of J.F White from Framingham and New Jersey-based Schiavone Construction for the reconstruction of the 2-mile-long viaduct carrying interstate 91 over downtown Springfield. The deal provides for an incentive of $50,000 per day for each day the contractor completes the work early, up to 180 days. This means the contractor would be eligible to receive a total of $9 million as a maximum bonus.  Time is of the essence, not only because of the $800 million MGM Springfield development project just a few blocks away but because ...

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    11. Amtrak replaces Springfield-New Haven shuttle with bus service for a year | masslive.com

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      Amtrak replaces Springfield-New Haven shuttle with bus service for a year | masslive.com

      Amtrak has replaced its weekday north-south shuttle service from Springfield to New Haven with buses in order to accommodate track construction in Connecticut.
      Train traffic won't return until July 2016, Amtrak said. But the interruption doesn't impact the Vermonter through-train that passes along the same route and continues north through Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield into Vermont, according to an advisory from Amtrak. The idea is to increase service north and south from six daily round-trip trains to 17 a day south of Hartford and 12 north of Hartford as far as Springfield.

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    12. MassDOT grants $175,045 for train side track at Pioneer Valley Railroad in Westfield | masslive.com

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      MassDOT grants $175,045 for train side track at Pioneer Valley Railroad in Westfield | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded Pioneer Valley Railroad a $175,045 grant for the railroad to install a new rail siding at its Railroad Distribution Services facility at 170 Lockhouse Road.  MassDOT announced this grant and four others totaling just more than $2 million earlier this week.  The Pioneer Valley Railroad and Railroad Distribution Services are both owned by Pinsly Railroad Company. The railroad serves customers as far away as Holyoke using a U-shaped section of track that interchanges with CSX in Westfield.

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    13. Springfield I-91 lane closures to begin Tuesday for viaduct construction

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      Springfield I-91 lane closures to begin Tuesday for viaduct construction

      As part of the start of the start of the Interstate 91 viaduct construction project, one or two lanes of the highway will be closed on Sunday through Thursday nights through the fall. The first phase of the project includes utility work, intersection improvements and bridge deck repairs. The closures will be on the northbound and southbound lanes, according to the state Department of Transportation. The closures will allow the contractor, White-Schiavone, to mill out the existing pavement and repair the concrete deck, transportation officials said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. 2016 Update to Regional Transportation Plan Now Available

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      2016 Update to Regional Transportation Plan Now Available

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission announced that the draft version of the 2016 update to the Regional Transportation Plan for the Pioneer Valley (RTP) is now available for public review and comment. The RTP outlines the direction of transportation planning and improvements for the Pioneer Valley through the year 2040. Updated every four years, it provides the basis for all state- and federally funded transportation-improvement projects and planning studies. The long-range plan concentrates on both existing needs and anticipated future deficiencies in transportation infrastructure, presents preferred strategies to alleviate transportation problems, and creates a schedule of transportation-improvement projects that are ...

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    15. MassDOT: I-91 project should not delay MGM Springfield casino opening

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      MassDOT: I-91 project should not delay MGM Springfield casino opening

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has stated that it does not believe its Interstate 91 viaduct construction project in downtown Springfield should create any need for a proposed delayed opening of the MGM Springfield casino project. "MassDOT does not believe that the schedule for the (I-91) viaduct project need result in a delay in the construction of a casino in Springfield," MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes said in a prepared release. "In short, to speculate that completion of either project will be delayed when both projects are just getting under way is premature."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation   MGM

    16. I-91 reconstruction will add up to 15 minutes to travel time, state says; crowd at Springfield hearing has its doubts

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      I-91 reconstruction will add up to 15 minutes to travel time, state says; crowd at Springfield hearing has its doubts

      A guffaw of disbelief went up Thursday night as Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials experts explained that the planned reconstruction of the Interstate 91 deck through downtown Springfield will add just 10 minutes to 15 minutes to the average trip along the 2.5-mile viaduct during the construction. Don Cooke, managing director at Vanesse Hansen Brustlin and a traffic consultant on the project admitted that traffic will be volatile once construction begins. Motorists, he said, will scurry around looking for alternate routes.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   Eastern States Exposition

    17. Springfield gets final $12 million for Union Station; Neal pushes east-west rail for Boston 2024 bid | masslive.com

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      Springfield gets final $12 million for Union Station; Neal pushes east-west rail for Boston 2024 bid | masslive.com

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal led Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito through the now-empty passenger tunnel at Springfield's Union Station on Monday following a news conference.  'You can imagine what a beehive of activity this once was,' Neal, a longtime advocate for the rehabilitation of the 89-year-old depot, told her. 'This would have been full of people.'

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    18. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority presents plans for Westfield Transit Center

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      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority presents plans for Westfield Transit Center

      Detailed plans for a $6 million PVTA Transit Center on Arnold Street are now under review by the city's Planning Board. The plans, for a mostly glass structure, were formally submitted to the Planning Board Tuesday night by PVTA representatives and City Advancement Officer Joseph Mitchell. The center has been part of the downtown revitalization effort for years and Mitchell said the $6 million price tag includes PVTA's acquisition of the Flahive Building and its demolition on Arnold Street. The property has been acquired by PVTA recently and demolition will be scheduled shortly.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    19. With arrival of MGM, influx of other Springfield business developments, local taxi services looking to step up their game | masslive.com

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      With arrival of MGM, influx of other Springfield business developments, local taxi services looking to step up their game | masslive.com

      With the MGM Springfield casino on the horizon, along with other recent developments and investments being made in the 'City of Homes,' an opportunity is presenting itself for local taxi companies to take their service to the next level.  Fara Bahrehmand, president and co-owner of the Yellow Cab of Springfield, says his company stands prepared to grow his fleet of cab drivers if the demand increases accordingly. He is hopeful that business from MGM will allow them to double their already existing fleet of 54 licensed vehicles. 'We are very excited,' said Bahrehmand.

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    20. Willimansett bridge reopens to Holyoke-Chicopee traffic after $26.5 million renovation

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      Willimansett bridge reopens to Holyoke-Chicopee traffic after $26.5 million renovation

      Northern Construction Service, LLC., of Palmer, completed the project. Northern Construction was the second-lowest bidder, but since the contract was made with American International Group, the insurance company which held the bond for the now-bankrupt Pihl Inc., of Denmark, they did not have to follow the state procurement process and that allowed work to resume sooner than if rebidding had to be done, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Chicopee   Holyoke

    21. Interstate 91 contractor discusses project with Springfield students | masslive.com

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      Interstate 91 contractor discusses project with Springfield students | masslive.com

      Contractors hired to rehabilitate the Interstate 91 viaduct through downtown Springfield think they'll need nearly a half-million worker-hours to accomplish the job and students in a pre-apprenticeship program are eager to work as many of those hours as they can.  Representatives of J.F. White Contracting Co. of Framingham and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation met Wednesday with 21 trainees in Community Works, a pre-apprenticeship program aimed at getting underemployed residents of Springfield and Holyoke a taste of the construction trades and prepping them for further training offered through building trades unions.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    22. Northampton Train Day planned to celebrate return of passenger rail service

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      Northampton Train Day planned to celebrate return of passenger rail service

      Mayor David J. Narkewicz will read a proclamation on Saturday, May 9, declaring Northampton Train Day as part of a ceremony to celebrate the return of Amtrak service to the city. The "Knowledge Corridor" passenger rail line resumed service through Northampton and Greenfield last December after a long absence. The train goes as far south as Washington, D.C., and as far north as Burlington, Vermont.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Northampton   Greenfield

    23. Interstate 91 viaduct reconstruction bids awarded for $183.3 million | masslive.com

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      Interstate 91 viaduct reconstruction bids awarded for $183.3 million | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded the bid to rebuild the two-mile-long Interstate 91 viaduct through downtown Springfield.  JF White-Schiavone of Framingham submitted the lowest bid at $148 million, according to a state news release.  The total project cost, which in addition to the bid price includes railroad flaggers, traffic details, protections against cost overruns, and an incentive clause for the contractor to expedite the work, is approximately $183.3 million, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.  The Mass DOT said the contract also provides for an incentive of $50,000 per day for each day the contractor completes ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    24. Boston Olympics depending on Springfield MBTA cars, says CEO of Boston 2024

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      Boston Olympics depending on Springfield MBTA cars, says CEO of Boston 2024

      Without Chinese manufacturer CNR Changchung's decision to locate a plant in Springfield and build new rail cars for the MBTA, Boston might not have any Olympic dreams, Richard Davey, CEO of Boston 2024 Partnership, said on Thursday. When Boston began considering its Olympic bid, Davey said the CNR deal was "number one of seven priorities" promoters considered as key to the city's pitch for the Olympic bid.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

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