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    1. Peter Pan Bus Lines resumes service after coronavirus shutdown

      Peter Pan Bus Lines resumes service after coronavirus shutdown

      Peter Pan Bus Lines resumed some of its intercity service Friday following a three-month shutdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Company chairman Peter Picknelly described service as “limited, in major city pairs.” Service began between major cities at 6 a.m. The first bus left Springfield at 10 a.m.

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    2. Peter Pan Bus Lines Resumes Service with CDC-approved Cleaning Process

      Peter Pan Bus Lines buses will be back on the road serving major cities along the Northeast corridor starting today, June 5, and the company has developed a new cleaning process to keep both customers and employees safe. “Shutting down was one of the hardest things we have ever done,” said Peter Picknelly, chairman of Peter Pan Bus Lines and third-generation leader of the family-owned company. “We also know that our customers have been through a lot as well. So, we are happy to be back on the road, serving our customers again, but now using the best cleaning and ...

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    3. Peter Pan Bus Lines to resume service June 5

      Peter Pan Bus Lines to resume service June 5

      Peter Pan has been mostly shut down since March due to travel restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It’s the first time the family-owned company has not offered bus service in its 87-year history. Peter Pan carried 5.7 million passengers in 2019 and serves more than 100 communities up and down the East Coast from New England to Washington, D.C., but only as far west as Albany, New York.

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    4. Coronavirus: Amtrak suspends Vermonter passenger train through Springfield; other north-south trains run on Saturday schedule

      Coronavirus: Amtrak suspends Vermonter passenger train through Springfield; other north-south trains run on Saturday schedule

      Amtrak has suspended service of the Vermonter long-distance train north of New Haven, Connecticut, the railroad announced this week. The train normally goes from Washington, D.C., up the eastern seaboard to New Haven and then on through Hartford and Springfield, ending in St. Albans, Vermont. The Vermonter will not run on Sundays until further notice.

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    5. Coronavirus forces Peter Pan, PVTA to cut back bus schedules; decision follows trains, planes and MBTA

      Coronavirus forces Peter Pan, PVTA to cut back bus schedules; decision follows trains, planes and MBTA

      Peter Pan Bus Lines has temporarily reduced schedules across the Northeast in response to restrictions on travel and gatherings meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Suspended service includes commuter bus service between Worcester, Framingham, and Boston as well as much of the service in and out of Springfield. A full list of suspended bus routes is available at peterpanbus.com/travel-info/travel-alerts.

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    6. Springfield Union Station gives pop-up restaurants a try as it works to fill vacant space

      Springfield Union Station gives pop-up restaurants a try as it works to fill vacant space

      Unfinished space in Springfield’s Union Station is more likely to rent if it’s further along the construction process and closer to being move-in ready, management says. As it searches for tenants, Union Station is letting pop-up food stands try out the transit hub in hopes that one might decide to locate there permanently.

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    7. East-west rail backers predict half a million commuter trips each year; MassDOT promises second look at ridership estimates

      East-west rail backers predict half a million commuter trips each year; MassDOT promises second look at ridership estimates

      Better, faster east-west passenger rail service could attract more than a half million commuter trips a year, regional planners from across Western Massachusetts told MassDOT officials Monday, offering an estimate that far exceeds the state’s recently released numbers.

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    8. East-west rail sees public support despite pricetag in the billions

      East-west rail sees public support despite pricetag in the billions

      A mostly supportive general public got its chance Wednesday to speak out on the prospect of expanding passenger rail service west from Boston through Worcester and Springfield to Pittsfield. “I think it’s an important project,” said Marcus Phelps, a member of the Southwick Planning Board with a deep background in urban planning and land use policy. “It’s a lot of money. But we spend a lot of money every day. And this project could transform the state.”

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    9. Bradley International Airport eyes continued growth, construction in 2020

      Bradley International Airport eyes continued growth, construction in 2020

      Bradley International Airport drew about 7 million passengers in 2019, besting its 2018 mark of 6.7 million by more than 2%. 2019 was the seventh straight year of passenger gains at Bradley, said Kevin A. Dillon, CEO of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which oversees Bradley. “We are in a very competitive environment,” Dillon said.

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    10. East-west rail backers say state underestimates potential ridership, overestimates cost

      East-west rail backers say state underestimates potential ridership, overestimates cost

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, also called for the benefits of behavioral change in the population to be considered. In Washington parlance it’s called dynamic scoring and it was used in part to justify the Trump tax cuts of 2017. In the case of east-west rail, boosters say dynamic scoring makes sense.

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    11. MassDOT to Hold Second Public Meeting on East-West Passenger Rail Study

      MassDOT to Hold Second Public Meeting on East-West Passenger Rail Study

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold its second public meeting on the East-West Passenger Rail Study on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UMass Center at Springfield, Classroom 014, in Tower Square, 1500 Main St., Springfield. The study examines the costs, benefits, and investments necessary to implement a range of passenger-rail service alternatives from Boston to Springfield and Pittsfield, up to and including high-speed rail. The goal of the meeting is to inform attendees about the study’s analysis of six preliminary alternatives for improving connectivity and mobility in the east-west corridor, and ...

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    12. Platform C opening completes Springfield Union Station’s rebirth; Gov. Charlie Baker remains cautious about east-west rail

      Platform C opening completes Springfield Union Station’s rebirth; Gov. Charlie Baker remains cautious about east-west rail

      The newly completed and handicapped-accessible Platform C at Springfield Union Station is the next step toward potentially reestablishing frequent passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. Baker joined longtime Union Station booster U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno for a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the $11 million platform.

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    13. Rep. Richard Neal, Gov. Charlie Baker to celebrate final step in Union Station rehab; Platform C caps $103M project

      Rep. Richard Neal, Gov. Charlie Baker to celebrate final step in Union Station rehab; Platform C caps $103M project

      Gov. Charlie Bake, fresh off his State of the State speech that focused on mass transit, will join U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno Friday for the ceremonial opening of the final phase of construction at Springfield Union Station.

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    14. Hartford passenger rail linking Springfield to New Haven passes 1 million rider mark

      Hartford passenger rail linking Springfield to New Haven passes 1 million rider mark

      Ridership on the Hartford Line, which connects rail commuters traveling between New Haven and Springfield has passed the 1 million mark, according to Connecticut Department of Transportation officials. The service — launched on June 18, 2018 — transported its one-millionth rider during the busy Thanksgiving travel period in late November.

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    15. Springfield Union Station Platform C elevator ready, awaits Amtrak inspection

      Springfield Union Station Platform C elevator ready, awaits Amtrak inspection

      The new elevator at Union Station’s completely rebuilt and handicapped-accessible Plattform C is ready for use and awaiting Amtrak inspection. Christopher Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority — the agency that owns the historic station — said he doesn’t know when that inspection will take place. He said he’s been kept up to date by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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    16. PVTA will use $265K grant to integrate with regional rail, other transportation options

      PVTA will use $265K grant to integrate with regional rail, other transportation options

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority plans to tie itself and its riders more closely into emerging regional rail options and other transportation providers using a $265,172 state grant. The money was part of $3.5 million in Massachusetts Department of Transportation Regional Transit Authority Grant Awards announced last week.

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    17. Hartford Line trains through Springfield set Thanksgiving ridership record

      Hartford Line trains through Springfield set Thanksgiving ridership record

      The Hartford Line commuter rail service attracted record ridership during Thanksgiving weekend, the Connecticut Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. CTDOT said it ran extra CTrail Hartford Line trains on Nov. 26, Nov. 27 and Dec. 1. The commuter rail line serves communities between New Haven and Springfield including Hartford.

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    18. Springfield Union Station hosts city schools for holiday music showcase

      Springfield Union Station hosts city schools for holiday music showcase

      Union Station, the Springfield Public Schools and iHeartMedia are working together to make sure the main concourse at the transportation hub is filled with the sounds of the season. The five-day music series begins in front of the Christmas tree on Monday, Dec. 16, at noon with a performance by the students from The Warner School and concludes Friday, Dec. 20, with a two-hour evening concert courtesy of West Mass Brass .

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