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    1. Town officials happy passenger rail station will get a look as part of Massachusetts east-west rail study

      Town officials happy passenger rail station will get a look as part of Massachusetts east-west rail study

      Local officials remain optimistic that a passenger rail station may someday get built in town as part of a potential east-west line connecting Pittsfield to Springfield, Worcester and Boston. Town Manager Charles Blanchard said a station in town would benefit the area, and efforts will continue to be made to demonstrate that to state transportation officials. "We look forward to providing information on how a passenger station in Palmer will benefit the entire region," Blanchard said Monday in an email statement.

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    2. Bradley International Airport Receives A+ Revenue Bond Rating

      Bradley International Airport Receives A+ Revenue Bond Rating

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that the credit-rating agency S & P Global Ratings has raised Bradley International Airport’s rating on its general airport revenue refunding bonds from ‘A’ to ‘A+’ with a stable outlook. “S & P Global Ratings is one of the most respected and widely used sources for credit ratings,” said Charles Gray, chairman of the CAA Board of Directors. “We’re pleased that the agency shares our confidence in Bradley International Airport’s fiscally responsible management team and the airport’s continued success.”

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    3. CTrail Hartford Line ridership tops 10,000 in week one

      CTrail Hartford Line ridership tops 10,000 in week one

      CTrail, the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield train service, drew 10,719 fare-paying passengers in its first full week of operation, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday in a news release. The passenger count covers June 18 through June 24 on the Hartford Line. The numbers were down from the line's opening weekend of June 16-17 when about 10,300 riders took free introductory trips, the Connecticut Department of Transportation said. Malloy, a longtime passenger rail booster, said ridership will grow.

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    4. Behind the Scenes at Peter Pan Bus Lines' first day in new Union Station offices in Springfield (photos, video)

      Behind the Scenes at Peter Pan Bus Lines' first day in new Union Station offices in Springfield (photos, video)

      The Peter Pan Bus Lines' sign and logo -- a drawing of the eternal boy flying off to Neverland -- that once decorated the Springfield bus terminal on Main Street, now graces the company's new offices in Springfield's Union Station. "We wanted to create modern office space for our employees," said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. "We tried to blend the old with the new, with all the history we have here in Springfield." Monday was Peter Pan's first day in its new offices on the third floor of Springfield Union Station, and ...

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    5. 'It was great': Now arriving, the first batch of CTrail Hartford Line weekday riders

      'It was great': Now arriving, the first batch of CTrail Hartford Line weekday riders

      Marcello Toro took Monday what he hopes was the first of many trips on CTrail and the Hartford Line from Hartford to Springfield's Union Station. Toro took the 12:26 p.m. train Monday from Hartford and arrived at 1:05 p.m. - five minutes ahead of schedule - for a 2 p.m. job interview with MGM Springfield at the MassMutual Center. If he gets his job as a line cook at the $960 million resort casino that opens Aug. 24, Toro said he hopes to use CTrail for his daily commute into work. "It was great," he said ...

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    6. First CTrail commuter train leaves Springfield for Hartford

      First CTrail commuter train leaves Springfield for Hartford

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and other local dignitaries made the ceremonial first trip south Friday on CTrail from the renovated Union Station to Hartford. "This was a wise expenditure of the public purse and those of us who voted for it had ought to defend it," Neal said upon reaching Hartford. Reminiscent of driving the golden spike that completed the transcontinental railroad, the party from Springfield headed south to Hartford where they met up with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and a party of Connecticut officials headed north from New Haven.

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    7. Springfield Union Station offers commuter parking rate as CTrail service begins

      Springfield Union Station offers commuter parking rate as CTrail service begins

      Starting Monday, with the arrival of CTrail train service from Springfield to Hartford and New Haven, commuters will be able to park in Springfield Union Station's parking deck for $5 a day. And starting in July, they'll be able to park in the Union Station garage for $65 a month, according to a news release issued Wednesday. Parking at Union Station will be free this Saturday and Sunday when CTrail offers free trips as a way to introduce folks to the service. Local officials, including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will take a ceremonial ride Friday ...

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    8. With CTrail ready to roll, travelers ponder if they'll use Springfield-Hartford-New Haven train line

      With CTrail ready to roll, travelers ponder if they'll use Springfield-Hartford-New Haven train line

      CTrail's Hartford Line begins service Saturday. CTrail and Amtrak trains will provide a total of 34 daily trips on weekdays, 12 trips on Saturdays, and 13 trips on Sundays and holidays. A timetable is available at hartfordline.com. On Friday, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and others will cut a ribbon at Springfield Union Station for a ceremonial launch. A party of officials from Springfield will take a train to Hartford, where they'll meet Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who's planning to take a train north from New Haven.

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    9. Northampton mayor sees busy train station getting busier with planned north-south Knowledge Corridor service expansion

      Northampton mayor sees busy train station getting busier with planned north-south Knowledge Corridor service expansion

      Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz knows that an old technology -- the passenger train -- is a big part of his city's future. "You can see it when you drive past the station," Narkewicz said Tuesday of his city's open-air Amtrak station on Pleasant Street at the edge of downtown. "There are people lined up in the parking lot." It's a scene he feels he'll see more often starting in June 2019 when expanded train service from Springfield on the Knowledge Corridor line through Holyoke and Northampton to Greenfield begins.

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    10. Expanded north-south rail service from Springfield to begin in June 2019

      Expanded north-south rail service from Springfield to begin in June 2019

      The commonwealth of Massachusetts has an agreement with Connecticut authorities and Amtrak to provide on a pilot basis two extended daily CTrail trains from Springfield with stops in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield. One train will run in the morning and one later in the day -- both north and south -- on the Knowledge Corridor line paralleling the Connecticut River. The only train traveling north of Springfield now is Amtrak's Vermonter, which runs once a day in each direction.  The pilot project, revealed Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker at a news conference in Springfield's Union Station, will cost Massachusetts $1 ...

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    11. CTrail: With commuter trains a week away, officials warn of increased traffic

      CTrail: With commuter trains a week away, officials warn of increased traffic

      Train traffic will increase on the rail line from Springfield through Hartford to New Haven starting Saturday, the Connecticut Department of Transportation warned. The ceremonial first trains of the new CTrail commuter train service won't run until June 15. Rides will be free over the weekend of June 16-17, and regular service begins June 18. But starting Saturday, Amtrak's portion of the Hartford Line service will commence, ConnDOT said in a news release. This will increase the number of daily Amtrak trains from 12 to 18. Also starting Saturday, CTrail trains will begin test runs of the full ...

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    12. High speed monorail commuter service would open doors for Massachusetts

      High speed monorail commuter service would open doors for Massachusetts

      Tim Brennan's article on freight railroad's playing a key role in Western Mass's economy offers a good explanation of the role logistics and the supply chain play in our lives. "Freight railroads key to moving western Mass. economy." But it misses an important point. CSX control of most of the rails makes putting commuter rail service east and west of Springfield a difficult if not impossible task.

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    13. Freight railroads' key role in moving the Western Mass economy

      Freight railroads' key role in moving the Western Mass economy

      When the Massachusetts Department of Transportation released a draft of its five-year state rail plan earlier this year, it faced concerns from transportation advocates and organizations based here in Western Massachusetts that the plan understates our region's economic growth potential. Accordingly, agencies like the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission voiced concerns that the plan doesn't fully reflect rail's impact on the region's economy or how additional rail system investments could help bolster job growth and economic competitiveness

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    14. MGM Springfield, PVTA: 'The Loop' bus service to connect city attractions, businesses

      MGM Springfield, PVTA: 'The Loop' bus service to connect city attractions, businesses

      MGM Springfield officials promised Friday that the casino's new free bus service, called "The Loop," will bring visitors to the doors of Springfield stalwarts like the Armory, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Springfield Museums and Union Station. The casino and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority unveiled the service Friday to members of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in a presentation at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

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    15. Senate passes amendment approving Pittsfield-Springfield-Boston rail study

      Senate passes amendment approving Pittsfield-Springfield-Boston rail study

      The state Senate unanimously adopted an amendment on Thursday requiring the state Department of Transportation to conduct a study of high-speed rail between Boston and Springfield, this time with an extension to Pittsfield. "We owe it to all four counties to make sure the entire four-county region of Western Mass. is included in the analysis," said Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, who sponsored the amendment. The study would look at capital and operating costs, ridership levels, operational issues, environmental and economic impacts, and the availability of funding.

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    16. Union Station will get new $8.5 million rail passenger platform by November; MassDOT awards contract to Framingham company

      Union Station will get new $8.5 million rail passenger platform by November; MassDOT awards contract to Framingham company

      Work will begin later this month on a revamped Platform C at Union Station, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation expects the 18- by 362-foot platform will be completed by November. MassDOT said Tuesday it awarded the $8.2 million contract for the work to J.F. White, of Framingham. White and Schiavone Construction Co., of Secaucus, New Jersey, are partners in the nearly completed reconstruction of the Interstate 91 viaduct through downtown Springfield.

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    17. Get a look at a model of the new MBTA Red Line trains this summer

      Get a look at a model of the new MBTA Red Line trains this summer

      MBTA officials plan this summer to show off a model of the new Red Line trains getting assembled in Springfield. A factory in Springfield, built for the Chinese-owned company, CRRC MA, is assembling both Red Line and Orange Line cars. The company has a contract with the MBTA to build and assemble 252 Red Line vehicles and 152 Orange Line vehicles. MBTA officials say they're still working on details for when and where the public will be able to see a model or mock-up of a new Red Line car.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    18. New Mass. Pike exit: Westfield Chamber asks businesses to weigh in

      New Mass. Pike exit: Westfield Chamber asks businesses to weigh in

      A Massachusetts Department of Transportation study is evaluating the feasibility of adding an exit between Westfield and Lee, and the business community in Westfield is considering the implications of a new exit. Even after the elimination of toll booths, Exit 3 in Westfield still backs up at certain times of day. Westbound commuters sometimes back up as far as the Massachusetts State Police station on the Pike, Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kate Phelon said. Cars northbound on Elm Street sometimes back up at the Friendly's Way jug handle leading to the exit.

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    19. MassINC: Building near commuter rail could transform cities

      MassINC: Building near commuter rail could transform cities

      Vacant land surrounding commuter rail stops in Gateway Cities has the potential to house approximately 140,000 people and create a similar number of new jobs. But improvements to commuter rail service is required to encourage development in these areas, according to a study being released Tuesday by the MassINC think tank. At the same time, the study finds, investment in real estate could spur more ridership. "In order to get the most from the billions of dollars we commit to operating commuter rail along these right-of-ways, it's critical to think about what mix of policies could spur reinvestment ...

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    20. When will CTrail Hartford Line train service to Springfield begin?

      When will CTrail Hartford Line train service to Springfield begin?

      Commuter train service from Springfield to Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut, begins Friday June 15, the Connecticut Department of Transportation announced Tuesday afternoon. That day will feature an inaugural event for the train service and will be followed by free weekend train service Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17.

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    21. First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      First Orange Line T car shells arrive at CRRC factory in Springfield

      The first four uncompleted shells for MBTA Orange Line subway cars arrived at the CRRC MA plant in East Springfield this week. Workers there are unpacking them and getting ready to begin assembly work, said spokeswoman Lydia Rivera. She expects work on completing the cars to begin in earnest sometime in the next month or so.

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    22. In face of $3.1 million budget gap, PVTA approves delayed service cuts, plan to hike bus fares 20 percent

      In face of $3.1 million budget gap, PVTA approves delayed service cuts, plan to hike bus fares 20 percent

      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus riders will pay 20 percent more at the fare box and for passes and paratransit trips starting July 1 following a vote Monday of the the PVTA Advisory Board. The board also voted Monday to take a once-every-three-years review of its fares, which before Monday hadn't gone up in a decade. But any fare hikes resulting from those reviews would need a new set of public hearings and a vote at that time. Level funding from the state for the PVTA means the agency gets $23.6 million in the coming budget year. Rising ...

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    23. Springfield Crrc Ma honored, rail car production begins next month

      Springfield Crrc Ma honored, rail car production begins next month

      The new CRRC MA rail car manufacturing complex in East Springfield is the state's engineering accomplishment of the year, according to the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts. The group honored CRRC at its annual meeting Wednesday. That honor comes as CRRC nears the start of production. The Chinese-owned company will start building new cars for the MBTA Orange Line in April.

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