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    1. Could $15 Ryanair flights to Europe be offered through Bradley International Airport? | masslive

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      Could $15 Ryanair flights to Europe be offered through Bradley International Airport? | masslive

      Bradley International Airport could be the smaller, cheaper alternative to Logan. The Windsor Locks airport is 110 miles from Boston -- roughly two hours by car -- and also accessible by bus and Amtrak trains daily. The airport currently has an underutilized international arrivals building. While the space was once occupied by several airlines, currently Delta is the sole operator in the building.  The state has proposed plans to revamp the airport, including offering more opportunity for international flights.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak

    2. A rebuilt Union Station, expanded Boston rail service, will fuel region's economy: Reader viewpoint

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      A rebuilt Union Station, expanded Boston rail service, will fuel region's economy: Reader viewpoint

      It is indeed gratifying to see, at long last, the revitalization of Union Station, the last station of a major New England city to be restored to its earlier grandeur, which hopefully will provide Springfield with the opportunity to welcome frequent intercity rail service. The prospect of Union Station becoming an anchor for the North End in terms of business interests certainly is a hopeful one and invites optimism regarding the renaissance of the entire Springfield metropolitan area. A restored Union Station and rail service will complement projects that are now underway, not the least of which is the manufacturing ...

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield

    3. ACCGS Program Explores High-speed Rail from Springfield to Boston

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      ACCGS Program Explores High-speed Rail from Springfield to Boston

      State Sen. Eric Lesser and Tim Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), will discuss Lesser’s recently filed feasibility bill requiring the Mass. Department of Transportation to conduct a study on the viability of high-speed rail access between Springfield and Boston. They will also address the need for this service and how it can positively impact Western Mass. economies.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    4. Department of Transportation has no plans to install ticket kiosks for Amtrak Vermonter line

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      Department of Transportation has no plans to install ticket kiosks for Amtrak Vermonter line

      Because of its complexity and the limited number of seats, the ticketing system for Amtrak's Vermonter line through the Pioneer Valley will remain an online operation, a state official said. Some Greenfield customers have complained that they have been unable to buy a ticket at the John W. Olver Transportation Center in downtown Greenfield, and have to do it instead on Amtrak's website. The Vermonter, sometimes called the Knowledge Corridor line, goes all the way to Washington, D.C., in the south and to northern Vermont in the north.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Northampton   Greenfield

    5. Bradley International Airport sees rise in passenger traffic, seeks international service | masslive

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      Bradley International Airport sees rise in passenger traffic, seeks international service | masslive

      Connecticut - With passenger traffic up, new flights added and a renewed effort to improve the flying experience for customers, Bradley International Airport is moving into 2015 on an upswing.  Since transitioning the airport from the control of the Connecticut Department of Transportation to the Connecticut Airport Authority in July 2013, airport authority executive director Kevin Dillon and his team have been implementing changes and improvements at Bradley to benefit both carriers and the public.  One area airport administration has been targeting is route development.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Southwest Airlines   Springfield

    6. Springfield on the rise: Union Station seen as a centerpiece of city's revival | masslive

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      Springfield on the rise: Union Station seen as a centerpiece of city's revival | masslive

      Springfield's Union Station has begun its transformation into the Union Station Regional Intermodal Transportation Center.  Built by the Boston & Albany Railroad in 1926, the station fell into disuse in the 1970s. Now, with the help of federal and state money, the Springfield Redevelopment Authority is working to renovate and reinvigorate the structure.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. Connecticut puts Springfield-New Haven commuter rail service out to bid | masslive

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      Connecticut puts Springfield-New Haven commuter rail service out to bid | masslive

      The Connecticut Department of Transportation is looking for an operator to run its planned New Haven to Springfield commuter CTrail Hartford line service.  The $365 million project is expected to provide trains at least every half hour during peak hours from Springfield to New Haven with stops at Hartford and other stops in between. Trains are expected to start rolling in late 2016, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  'This is definitely good news for Springfield,' said Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Amtrak   Springfield

    8. Amtrak rail 'employment corridor' would open job opportunities: Letters to the Editor

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      While the “high speed” Amtrak service through the newly inaugurated “knowledge corridor” is nice to have, even that with the three daily “shuttles” does not provide true commuter rail service north and south. But it does help. However, the time is long overdue for true commuter rail service between two capital cities passing through Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Chicopee

    9. First passenger train in a generation stops at Northampton as new Amtrak service begins

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      First passenger train in a generation stops at Northampton as new Amtrak service begins

      A crowd of about 100 people jammed the Northampton stop next to the former Depot Restaurant for The Vermonter's first voyage through Northampton since the 1980s. The route also passes through Springfield and Greenfield on its way between St. Albans, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. For decades, the line dog-legged through Amherst, which had its farewell voyage on Sunday.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amtrak   Springfield

    10. Knowledge Corridor Special: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, others christen Amtrak rails

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      Knowledge Corridor Special: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, others christen Amtrak rails

      Gov. Deval Patrick,  U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, and retired U.S. Rep. John Olver of Amherst hosted dignitaries and press on the "Knowledge Corridor Special." It was a test run of passenger service on tracks rebuilt in a $120 million state and federal project. The federal stimulus program provided $73 million of the $120 million, with the state making up the rest. The trip was also an old-fashioned whistle-stop with politicians de-training in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield for speeches and well-wishes. Northampton even had a marching band.

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

    11. Holyoke steps toward return of passenger train service with ground-breaking for $3.2 million platform

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      Holyoke steps toward return of passenger train service with ground-breaking for $3.2 million platform

      "It's exciting to see Holyoke at the center of that in Western Massachusetts," Mayor Alex B. Morse said. Shortly after, a silver Amtrak trained pulled up to the dirt lot at Main and Dwight streets, a good 10 minutes early, and out stepped U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, Gov. Deval L. Patrick and other officials. Then the officials from up and down the levels of government grabbed a shovel each and conducted the ceremonial and simultaneous tossing of dirt to signal the launch of what will be a 400-foot-long concrete platform with a canopy. Morse and a ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amtrak   Springfield

    12. Northampton will celebrate the arrival of the new Knowledge Corridor passenger train Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick

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      Northampton will celebrate the arrival of the new Knowledge Corridor passenger train Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick

      Mayor David J. Narkewicz will jump on board the new Knowledge Corridor express Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick, U.S. Rep. James McGovern and other officials as it makes a trial run through the Pioneer Valley

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Amherst

    13. Holyoke to begin $3.2 million construction of passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets

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      Holyoke to begin $3.2 million construction of passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets

      Ground will be broken Monday (Dec. 22) on a $3.2 million platform at Dwight and Main streets signaling the city's return to passenger train service upon its completion in September, officials said Thursday (Dec. 18). "The platform will have areas for seating, and the site will have a parking lot for 25 vehicles and a loop for bus drop off," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Northampton

    14. Springfield City Council approves $3.2 million for Union Station project, set to be covered by MGM Springfield payments

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      Springfield City Council approves $3.2 million for Union Station project, set to be covered by MGM Springfield payments

      The City Council on Monday authorized spending $3.2 million toward the long-awaited, $75.6 million Union Station intermodal transportation project. The funding was approved by unanimous vote, occurring as construction crews continue demolishing the deteriorated baggage building adjacent to the long-vacant station, helping to provide space for bus bays and a new parking garage, as key components of the project. . The council vote authorized borrowing the $3.2 million, with that cost set to be covered by annual payments from MGM Springfield. MGM is building a $800 million casino project in the South End-downtown area, and is paying $500 ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal   MGM

    15. Knowledge Corridor passenger line to begin as scheduled on December 29

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      Knowledge Corridor passenger line to begin as scheduled on December 29

      Amtrak announced Friday that its new Vermonter passenger line, which includes stops in Northampton and Greenfield, will begin as scheduled on Dec. 29. The route, dubbed the "Knowledge Corridor," also includes a stop in Springfield and will add Holyoke to the line later in 2015. The new stops will replace service to Amherst, which will end on December 28.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Amherst

    16. Springfield officials set to announce financing plan for acclerated, single-phase Union Station redevelopment project

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      Springfield officials set to announce financing plan for acclerated, single-phase Union Station redevelopment project

      Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said that a press conference will provide the full details including "the overall financing and the extent of the build-out." The time and location of the announcement was pending. "The simple fact of the matter is if we don't do a full project right now, when will we do a full project?" Kennedy said, during a meeting with the editorial board of The Republican. "The fact of the matter is we got to do it now. That is what the goal is."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Kevin Kennedy

    17. $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

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      $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

      The upcoming aviation technology program in Westfield got a major boost last week when it was awarded more than $1 million in state funding. The planned program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School is set to start in September 2015 after a flood of support from Westfield, the state and the business community. The program would provide a path for students from middle school up to college in the aviation industry, and will be the first of its kind in the area. Greg Bialecki, Housing and Economic Development Secretary, announced the capital equipment grant Dec. 5. Bialecki visited the school ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    18. Springfield Union Station: Can New Haven's transit-connnected development be

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      Springfield Union Station: Can New Haven's transit-connnected development be

      Rail travelers streamed through the ornate Great Hall of New Haven's Union Station Monday as Springfield-area business and civic leaders, including Mayor Domenic Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, gazed down from the building's ornate gilded-age balcony and dreamed of what Springfield's Union Station might one day be like. "I was struck by how welcoming it is," said Neal, a driving force behind the nearly 40-year effort to reopen Springfield's rail deport. "You could really sense to efficient movement of people."

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Northampton

    19. MassDOT, city officials discuss pending Interstate 91 viaduct project concerns, remedies

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      MassDOT, city officials discuss pending Interstate 91 viaduct project concerns, remedies

      During the nearly 90-minute meeting, representatives of the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and its consultants, said that compressing the project from a potential six-year timetable to a planned three-year timetable does create added challenges, and there will be inconveniences. However, there will be a myriad of steps including monitoring cameras, police details at key city intersections, traffic signal adjustments, and public outreach efforts to address the issues, they said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. 220 mph train to Boston? Long Island-Connecticut tunnel? Feds discuss plans for Northeast rail line

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      220 mph train to Boston? Long Island-Connecticut tunnel? Feds discuss plans for Northeast rail line

      he three proposals include features such as a tunnel to connect stations on Long Island to the Connecticut coastline for service to Providence and Boston; a "second spine" alongside the current Northeast Corridor tracks that would carry high-speed rail at speeds of 220 mph, and new service between New York and Boston that would serve Hartford, Springfield and Worcester, Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield

    21. Route 5 project may 'overlap' with start of I-91 replacement in Springfield, traffic impact to be minimal: Mass DOT official

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      Route 5 project may 'overlap' with start of I-91 replacement in Springfield, traffic impact to be minimal: Mass DOT official

      The viaduct project will replace the mile-long elevated highway that runs between State Street and Interstate 291. It is estimated it will cost $230 million and take between three to six years. The section of the highway through Springfield is heavily traveled. Surveys have put the number of daily vehicles at an average of 72,000 on weekdays and 54,000 on weekends. During the peak commuting times on weekday mornings and evenings, it sees between 4,500 and 5,700 vehicles per hour. During construction, the state has plans to keep two of three lanes in each direction open ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    22. First Amtrak train on Knowledge Corridor to stop in Northampton on Dec. 29

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      First Amtrak train on Knowledge Corridor to stop in Northampton on Dec. 29

      The first Amtrak train on the new Knowledge Corridor will stop in Northampton on its journey north on Dec. 29, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Built with $73 million in federal stimulus money, the Knowledge Corridor will also stop in Springfield, Holyoke and Greenfield. Riders will be able to go from Washington, D.C., to Burlington, Vt. Until now, the line has gone through Amherst, but it ran through Northampton until 1989, when the condition of the tracks made it unsafe for passenger trains.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Amherst

    23. Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

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      Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

      The governor revealed that CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. will build a 125,000-square-foot rail car assembly plant and a 33,700-square-foot office building on this East Springfield graveyard of 7,000 good-paying industrial jobs. The factory’s initial work will be to assemble $1.5 billion worth of new cars for Boston’s Red and Orange lines, but the Chinese plan to make this their North American headquarters.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    24. Public invited to Changchun Railway Vehicles / MBTA Springfield announcement today | masslive

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      Public invited to Changchun Railway Vehicles / MBTA Springfield announcement today | masslive

      The MBTA has chosen CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles and its Springfield location for $1.5 billion in work assembling new subway cars for the Red Line and the Orange Line of Boston's subway system.  The public is invited to Gov. Deval Patrick's formal announcement, 1 p.m. today at Changchun's site, the former Westinghouse site at 655 Page Boulevard.  The MBTA board is expected to vote Wednesday (Oct. 22), on the first phase of Changchun's Red and Orange line work during a meeting in Boston.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amtrak   Springfield

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