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    1. Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February

      Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February

      Promising modern MBTA subway cars and more frequent service on the Orange and Red lines, Gov. Charlie Baker toured the nearly completed CRRC MA rail car factory here on Thursday afternoon. "These cars can't get here fast enough," Baker said after walking through the mammoth production floor and meeting with newly trained workers. "We have a lot of work to do on our public transit systems. That includes our tracks, switches, station and yes, it includes these cars."

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    2. How much did your community get? State transportation grants to rural Western...

      How much did your community get? State transportation grants to rural Western...

      The Baker administration on Tuesday announced that it was awarding $8.5 million in grants for infrastructure projects in 10 rural towns. The grants came through MassWorks, a grant program that funds local infrastructure. Each year, 10 percent of grants are reserved for transportation and roadway projects in small towns, those with fewer than 7,000 inhabitants. Many of these projects are in Western Massachusetts. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack said in a statement, “These grants will renew critical local infrastructure which connects our residents and visitors in rural communities to the education resources, hospitals, and the good and vital ...

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    3. See the new MBTA Orange Line cars in action in China

      See the new MBTA Orange Line cars in action in China

      The MBTA on Tuesday released footage of the new MBTA Orange Line train cars in action.

      The short video from the MBTA showed pilot train cars rolling down a track in Changchun, China.

      CRRC, which is building a $95 million factory in East Springfield, is based in Changchun.

      Hundreds of train cars are expected to be made at the facility in Springfield. The company plans to build subway cars for Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

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    4. As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility

      As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility

      With the start of subway car production at CRRC MA's massive new factory in East Springfield just months away, Gov. Charlie Baker and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno are set to tour the facility. They'll be at the factory, a $95 million behemoth nearing completion at the old Westinghouse site on Interstate 291, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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    5. Rail projects in Holyoke, Ware funded by state industrial freight access program

      Rail projects in Holyoke, Ware funded by state industrial freight access program

      Two projects in Holyoke and one in Ware are among several around the state that will receive funding from the state Industrial Rail Access Program. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation released a list this week of eight grant projects totaling $3 million. To qualify, each project must by matched with at least 40 percent private sector money, according to the news release.

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    6. Holyoke and Ware receive over $1M to expand industrial rail and freight access

      Holyoke and Ware receive over $1M to expand industrial rail and freight access

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday, eight industrial freight grants totaling over $3 million as part of the 2017 Industrial Rail Access Program awards. The awards program supports projects that improve or expand rail or freight access, economic opportunity and job growth. “This unique program supports economic development and job growth across the Commonwealth by expanding and improving access to the rail infrastructure so important to the success of our employers,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement. “Freight rail shipping is a priority for the competitiveness of companies large and small, connecting their sites and products to ...

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    7. With Springfield factory nearing completion, China's CRRC readies first prototype T cars for shipment to Boston

      With Springfield factory nearing completion, China's CRRC readies first prototype T cars for shipment to Boston

      CRRC will unveil the first prototype subway cars it's building for Boston's MBTA on Oct. 16 at its factory in Changchun, China. The unveiling will trumpet the cars as CRRC's first entry into the North American market despite being the world's largest manufacturer of railway cars. The company has built vehicles and even whole transit systems elsewhere around the world. The ceremony comes as contractors finish work on CRRC's factory in the East Springfield neighborhood that will make all the production models and fulfill CRRC's orders from the T totaling 524 rail cars.

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    8. Peter Pan Bus Lines touts investment, expansion after Greyhound split

      Peter Pan Bus Lines touts investment, expansion after Greyhound split

      Peter Pan Bus Lines has doubled its route miles, hired more workers and spent $13 million on new buses after ending its partnership with rival Greyhound. "We are back to our complete independence," said Peter Picknelly, chairman of Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines. Peter Pan and Greyhound announced in August that they were ending their cooperative agreement after nearly 19 years. The two bus lines had worked together servicing routes and sold tickets to each others buses.

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    9. Study finds improving rail service is top transit priority for Western Mass. residents

      Study finds improving rail service is top transit priority for Western Mass. residents

      Ask a Massachusetts resident how to get across the state and the answer, in many cases, is "You can't get there from here." At least not easily, and not using public transportation. A group of Massachusetts senators asked residents what transportation improvements are most important to them. The answer in Western Massachusetts was similar to the answer around the state: residents want improved rail service, followed by better buses. "Whatever region people came from, people saw as a top mobility priority regional rail," said Jim Aloisi, a former state transportation secretary who worked on the Senate study.

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    10. Greyhound begins operating out of Springfield Union Station

      Greyhound begins operating out of Springfield Union Station

      Bus carrier Greyhound, which is soon to end its partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines, announced Monday that it has started operating out of Union Station. Greyhound has a dedicated ticket counter at the newly rebuilt station, which opened in June following a three-year, $95-million renovation. But Greyhound is not using that ticket counter yet, instead directing folks to the Peter Pan desk a few feet away. Last month, both Peter Pan and Greyhound announced that they will end their cooperation agreement as of Sept. 27. after nearly 19 years.

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    11. Peter Pan Bus Lines moves to Springfield Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines moves to Springfield Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will move its bus operations and ticket counter into the newly reopened Springfield Union Station Wednesday, Sept. 6. Schedules will run as normal, Peter Pan said in a news release. The long-expected move, which the Springfield-based bus carrier and the Springfield Redvelopment Authority announced in May, will begin to clear the way for the redevelopment of the station at 1776 Main St.

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    12. Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines to end partnership with Greyhound | masslive.com

      Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines to end partnership with Greyhound | masslive.com

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will end its partnership with Greyhound next month after nearly 19 years.  The two bus lines have sold co-branded tickets on either carrier throughout the northeast. The two companies have also coordinated routes and schedules since October of 1998.  The partnership ends Sept. 27, according to an announcement on the Peter Pan website. The move will allow Peter Pan to offer paperless boarding on all its routes, more express service and to be on-time more often, according to the company.

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    13. CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy

      CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy

      Rail car manufacturer CRRC has received a certificate of occupancy for its 204,000-square-foot factory on Page Boulevard, the company said Monday in a press release. That certificate, which means the structure complies with building codes, was issued June 30, 45 days ahead of schedule.  CRRC is building a 204,000-square-foot, $95 million factory at the old Westinghouse site in East Springfield. Workers are expected to start building subway cars in the factory in early 2018.

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    14. Rail passenger gathering at Springfield's Union Station to discuss future of train travel in New England

      Rail passenger gathering at Springfield's Union Station to discuss future of train travel in New England

      Rail passengers will gather Saturday in Springfield to tour Union Station and learn of possible improvements to rail travel in the region, including plans for an expansion of real service along the Connecticut River north of Springfield. They'll also learn about the possibility of, and stumbling blocks  for, increased east-west rail service from Springfield through Worcester to Boston, long-term plans to add service from Boston through Springfield to Montreal and the CT Rail project which will increase the frequency of service from Springfield to New Haven starting next May.

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    15. Peter Pan Bus Lines closing gas station as next step in redevelopment of Springfield property

      Peter Pan Bus Lines closing gas station as next step in redevelopment of Springfield property

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will close its open-to-the-public gas station on Liberty Street Thursday. Environmental regulations require replacing the tanks, and the company's long-term plans for the site don't include the gas station, said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. The company will soon be moving its Springfield terminal to the recently opened Union Station. Picknelly has long-term plans to redevelop the parcel at the corner of Liberty and Main streets.

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    16. Peter Pan Bus Lines reveals expected date to move into Springfield's newly refurbished Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines reveals expected date to move into Springfield's newly refurbished Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will likely move its Springfield hub to Union Station on or around Labor Day, Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO, said Tuesday. Here is a breakdown of what money was spent and from where it came, courtesy of a document provided by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns Union Station. Picknelly said it will take about a month and a half to do some construction customizing the space and to get it ready. The lease, he said, is still not final, but lawyers for both sides are working on it, all the major issues have been resolved ...

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    17. Westfield: Work begins on $3.7M Columbia Greenway Rail Trail extension over Westfield River

      Westfield: Work begins on $3.7M Columbia Greenway Rail Trail extension over Westfield River

      The abandoned New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad bridge over the Westfield River parallel to Elm Street will reopen as a pedestrian bridge as part of a $3.7 million extension of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail. Work began July 3. Crews have already started prepping the site and building a scaffold under the bridge. Fencing blocks access to the bridge. The majority of the bridge rehabilitation will be completed in 2017. Sidewalk and landscape improvements on either end of the bridge are expected to be installed in the spring and summer of 2018, according to an email from the ...

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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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