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    1. Springfield's Union Station chugging along toward projected July 2016 opening date

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      Springfield's Union Station chugging along toward projected July 2016 opening date

      Wearing hardhats, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, led a tour of city and state officials through the cavernous old building to show its transformation into a transportation hub. “Work is going on internally,” Sarno said, standing in the old baggage building as a jackhammer rattled behind him. “You don’t see it from the outside – the progress is internal.” In the most recent steps toward the projected July 2016 opening date, the Holyoke-based building contractor Daniel O’Connell’s Sons demolished the parking garage at 30 Frank B. Murray Street and is preparing ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    2. Transit Transformation | BusinessWest

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      Transit Transformation | BusinessWest

      Timothy Brennan calls the return of passenger rail service to the Pioneer Valley a “new frontier.”  That’s a phrase that has been used in other cities across the nation where revitalization has occurred as a result of the introduction or expansion of commuter rail service, which caters to the growing demand among young people and Baby Boomers for housing in downtowns complete with shops, restaurants, entertainment, and a good transportation system. And Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, believes it applies here.  Next year, after more than a decade of planning and infrastructure work, Amtrak’s ...

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      Mentions:   Timothy W. Brennan

    3. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal plan tour of Union Station to update progress of $65 million project

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      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal plan tour of Union Station to update progress of $65 million project

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, of Springfield, plan to tour the progress being made on the reconstruction of Union Station. Also attending will be Springfield Redevelopment Authority Director Christopher Moskal. The trio hosted a previous tour in June 2012. The event is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the station on Frank B. Murray Street.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    4. Rail service dream needs to become reality in time for Interstate 91 viaduct construction

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      Rail service dream needs to become reality in time for Interstate 91 viaduct construction

      Timothy Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, has floated a proposal to use those transportation funds to rehabilitate the locomotives and passenger cars needed in order to run commuter trains from Greenfield to Springfield five times a day during the viaduct construction project. Brennan also believes there’s a future for rail service in New England: Seniors and 20-somethings are less interested in cars than those in their middle age, he says, and both younger and older adults find train travel attractive for different reasons. Some companies, he said, in congested metropolitan areas allow their employees to ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer

    5. MassDOT announces elimination of existing MassPike toll rate structure, offers savings for Western and Central Mass. drivers

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      MassDOT announces elimination of existing MassPike toll rate structure, offers savings for Western and Central Mass. drivers

      As Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials prepare to embrace all-electronic tolling in 2016, state transportation officials announced Wednesday a new toll structure that will save some drivers in Western and Central Massachusetts money. With the new, all-electronic tolling system, drivers will no longer pay by E-ZPass transponder or cash as they exit, but rather while they drive. Tolls will be collected electronically either through a motorist’s E-ZPass or via a program in which a camera captures the license plate and the vehicle’s registered owner is billed by mail.

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      Mentions:   Raytheon   West Springfield   Springfield

    6. Bradley International Airport: Old Terminal B to come down in August | masslive

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      Bradley International Airport: Old Terminal B to come down in August | masslive

      The outdated Terminal B building at Bradley International Airport will be demolished starting in August to make way for a new $250 million ground transportation center with consolidated car rentals, bus docks and the potential to connect with regional commuter rail, said Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority.  Dillon updated members of New England's Knowledge Corridor Partnership Friday during the group's annual State of the Region Conference at the Airport Sheraton.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   The Republican

    7. Mass DOT survey details I-91 usage heading into $230 million Springfield viaduct replacement

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      Mass DOT survey details I-91 usage heading into $230 million Springfield viaduct replacement

      The results of the survey were released in advance of the start of construction on the Interstate 91 viaduct replacement project, a massive undertaking that is expected to cost $230 million and take 3 to 6 years. Once construction begins, it is almost certainly going to affect the numbers for usage and commute times. With travel reduced from three to two lanes in each direction and planners saying congestion is all but unavoidable, people who ordinarily would take I-91 will likely look for alternative routes, and the disruption will likely add minutes to commuting times. The survey was conducted online ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    8. Mass DOT announces emergency repair to I-91 in Northampton

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      Mass DOT announces emergency repair to I-91 in Northampton

      The state Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the left lane of Interstate 91 northbound is being closed for emergency repairs of a bridge over Route 5 just north of the Oxbow. As part of the work, the northbound on-ramp at exit 18 from Route 5 will also have to be closed. The closure will be effective immediately and is expected to last for four weeks, according to officials. Work at the site is not expected to begin until sometime next week because it will take time for the delivery of materials.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    9. Plans are in the works to add local commuter runs on Amtrak passenger train line

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      Plans are in the works to add local commuter runs on Amtrak passenger train line

      Amtrak's Vermonter is scheduled to begin zipping through Western Massachusetts on its way from Washington, D.C. to St. Albans, Vermont early next year after an absence of 25 years. The run will provide another option for commuters along the corridor. With the new John W. Olver Transit Center in Greenfield and dedicated station space along the track in Northampton, the line is expected to especially impact commuter traffic in those communities.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Amtrak

    10. MassDOT hearing on Springfield I-91 viaduct project slated for Tuesday at Basketball Hall of Fame

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      MassDOT hearing on Springfield I-91 viaduct project slated for Tuesday at Basketball Hall of Fame

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing on the Interstate 91 viaduct project for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Basketball Hall of Fame, even though federal funding for the project is in limbo due to congressional inertia. President Obama last week called on Congress to act swiftly to approve billions of dollars in funding for the nation's aging infrastructure, warning that a failure to do so in the next several weeks could cost the economy 700,000 jobs and threaten road, bridge and rail projects.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    11. Willimansett Bridge between Chicopee and Holyoke to be completed in July 2015; cost increased by $3 million

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      Willimansett Bridge between Chicopee and Holyoke to be completed in July 2015; cost increased by $3 million

      The contract to finish the project is about $18 million. It will be paid for from the outstanding money in the original contract and the original contractor’s bond. Remaining money will be picked up by the Department of Transportation, according Michael Verseckes, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation. The cost is about $3 over the original budget of about $21 million. That cost includes the $750,000 spent to accelerate the construction schedule, Verseckes said. Vega said he is happy construction will start again and added will continue to work with businesses on Cabot Street in Holyoke to ...

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Chicopee   Holyoke

    12. Section of routes 187, 57 planned for reconstruction in 3 years, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen says

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      Section of routes 187, 57 planned for reconstruction in 3 years, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen says

      Mayor Richard A. Cohen has announced that Milone & MacBroom, Inc., an engineering consultant firm out of Springfield, has been approved by the city and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to provide architectural designs to reconstruct an intersection at routes 187 and 57 in Feeding Hills. “What we’re doing now is the re-design of that area,” said Cohen. “The project for the entire Route 187, and hopefully the intersection, is scheduled once the design is done. We have to do that design first.”

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Westfield

    13. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles executives visit Western New England engineering department | masslive.com

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      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles executives visit Western New England engineering department | masslive.com

      Chinese executives who hope to build a factory here to churn out passenger cars for the MBTA and railroads beyond learned Wednesday about railroad research already going on at Western New England University.  Changchun Railway Vehicles plans to build build a 125,000-square-foot rail car assembly plant and accompanying 33,750-square-foot office building on the 40-acre former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard in East Springfield. The factory would be the North American hub Changchun and the company plans on establishing a research and development hub there.

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    14. Massachusetts $12.7 billion transportation bond bill includes funding for PVTA garage, Interstate 91, commuter rail

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      Massachusetts $12.7 billion transportation bond bill includes funding for PVTA garage, Interstate 91, commuter rail

      The $12.7 billion five-year transportation bond bill debated Thursday in the Statehouse could include funding for the first phase of reconstruction on Interstate 91 in Springfield, north-south commuter rail using surplus MBTA trains and the $13.5 million replacement of the Route 147 bridge over the Westfield River between Agawam and West Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield

    15. MGM Springfield to provide millions of dollars for Union Station redevelopment

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      MGM Springfield to provide millions of dollars for Union Station redevelopment

      Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said on Wednesday that the city's host agreement calls for MGM to rent 44,000 square feet of space at Union Station. Under the deal, MGM would spend approximately $6.75 million for a build-out suitable for the station. If Union Station is not ready for occupancy by the time the proposed casino opens in the South End, the company will pay $500,000 per year to the Springfield Redevelopment Authority.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    16. Temporary Route 20 bridge removed over CSX Railroad in West Springfield

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      Temporary Route 20 bridge removed over CSX Railroad in West Springfield

      The new bridge, built higher to allow the railroad to run double-stacked freight trains, has been open for some months now and workers are also realigning the road too match the new bridge. The project is scheduled to be completed in August, according to the state Department of Transportation. The $6.5 million bridge is part of a larger $25.8 million state-funded railway access project to enable the double-stacked trains.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    17. Springfield to get $540,000 from MassDOT to repair potholes

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      Springfield to get $540,000 from MassDOT to repair potholes

      James Leydon, spokesman for Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, said repairs are already under way with three city crews working two shifts to patch the holes. Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey said Wednesday that the program will provide cities and towns with $30 million in funding this spring to repair potholes and other damage to roads, sign, facilities and equipment caused by the harsh winter weather. The remaining $10 million will be used by the state Highway Division for similar repairs to state roads.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    18. MassDOT, seeking ways to minimize traffic impact of $260 million rehab of I-91 viaduct in Springfield, posts online survey for commuters

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      MassDOT, seeking ways to minimize traffic impact of $260 million rehab of I-91 viaduct in Springfield, posts online survey for commuters

      The state Department of Transportation, planning to start a $260 million rehabilitation of the Interstate 91 viaductin November, is surveying those who use the major artery with an eye to minimizing traffic problems. The first phase of the project involves beginning work on I-91 near the Interstate 291 connection. It also includes planning for the possibility of rebuilding the 2.5-mile stretch of highway either at or below grade. Doing so would reconnect the city to its waterfront for the first time since the highway was built in the 1960s.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    19. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to hold public hearings on proposed service changes, including new bus routes and hours

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      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to hold public hearings on proposed service changes, including new bus routes and hours

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is holding a series of regional public hearings to solicit comments on proposed PVTA service
      recommendations
      , including new crosstown routes, improved hours and more frequent bus runs, among other suggested changes. The first round of hearings on fixed-route service improvements got underway Monday at PVTA headquarters in Springfield. More city hearings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Brightwood and Forest Park branch libraries, respectively, and for Thursday, April 3, at the Mason Square Library.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Amherst

    20. Springfield could become site for Chinese manufacture of MBTA cars

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      Springfield could become site for Chinese manufacture of MBTA cars

      A Chinese railroad car manufacturer wants to assemble MBTA transit cars at the 40-acre former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard and make Springfield the hub for its North American manufacturing operations.  Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. has been the largest transit car maker in the world three years running. A century ago, Springfield's Wason Manufacturing was the largest manufacturer of railroad cars and locomotives in the country.  Changchun has an option to buy the property, once put forth as the site for the Ameristar Casino, and will meet with potential contractors and local suppliers from 10 a.m. to 2 ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    21. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, of Springfield, reacts to additional Union Station funding provided by state

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      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, of Springfield, reacts to additional Union Station funding provided by state

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, commented Thursday after the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Board of Directors designated another $16.5 million for the renovation of Springfield's Union Station.  Neal is a longtime champion of the project going back to his days as a City Council member. He had the city take ownership of the property when he served as mayor.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    22. Springfield's Union Station, Western Massachusetts projects included in state Senate's $13 billion transportation spending plan

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      Springfield's Union Station, Western Massachusetts projects included in state Senate's $13 billion transportation spending plan

      Memorial Avenue in West Springfield would get a much-needed overhaul and the Union Station project in downtown Springfield would get an additional $10 million in funding according the transportation bill approved by the Massachusetts State Senate. The bill, which passed through the Senate late Thursday, proposes a massive $13 billion in capital spending over the next five years to pay for upgrades to the state’s transportation system.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Amtrak   Springfield

    23. PVTA proposes change in Northampton route to include stop at Survival Center

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      PVTA proposes change in Northampton route to include stop at Survival Center

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has proposed revamping a bus route in Northampton to include a stop at the Northampton Survival Center.  The proposal is one of several that have to be accepted by the PVTA’s advisory board before going into effect. Other recommended changes include an expansion of the R41 route between Northampton and Holyoke Community College to year-round operation with direct connection to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. The B43 route between Northampton and Amherst would also become a Bus Rapid Transit corridor featuring more frequent service, signal priority, dedicated transit lanes at intersections and upgraded passenger ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Amherst

    24. Q&A with Transportation Secretary Richard Davey: Davey responds to your questions on the I-91 viaduct, a commuter rail in the Pioneer Valley and more

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      Q&A with Transportation Secretary Richard Davey: Davey responds to your questions on the I-91 viaduct, a commuter rail in the Pioneer Valley and more

      With several transportation projects affecting Western Massachusetts in the works, MassLive.com solicited readers' questions related to projects like the rehabilitation of the I-91 viaduct, rail service connecting Springfield to Boston, and more. Readers' questions were then submitted to State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, who provided his written responses. The questions gave readers who missed Sec. Davey's visit with the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce and the public forum on the I-91 construction project in Springfield a chance to inquire about topics ranging from the construction timeline for the Willimansett Bridge to a possible commuter rail in the Pioneer ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Palmer   Amtrak

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