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    1. Leaders Call for Western Mass. Passenger Rail Authority  - BusinessWest

      Leaders Call for Western Mass. Passenger Rail Authority  - BusinessWest

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Congressman Richard Neal are calling for a Western Mass. Passenger rail authority that would apply for federal funds for east-west commuter rail and administer such a program.  The joint call for a rail authority came after what Neal called a “historic meeting” Tuesday on east-west rail attended by Baker, Neal, Congressman James McGovern, and most all members of the Western Mass. legislative delegation to Beacon Hill.

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    2. Springfield City Councilors call to make PVTA bus lines free

      Springfield City Councilors call to make PVTA bus lines free

      Springfield City Councilors are calling to make PVTA bus lines free for the next two years. The councilors plan to use the American Rescue Plan Act Funds and create a two-year pilot program. The program would make lines B7, G2, and B6 free. “We’ve always thought the ARPA money ought to go to the communities that were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Right now we can make that happen instantaneously. These are the same people who ride the bus who are on the front line. These are the same people who ride the bus who struggle to make ends meet ...

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    3. Governor Outlines Plans for Federal Infrastructure Funding, Backs East-West Rail

      Governor Outlines Plans for Federal Infrastructure Funding, Backs East-West Rail

      At a press conference at UMass Lowell yesterday, Gov. Charlie Baker outlined initial plans to invest in roads, bridges, public transportation, and environmental infrastructure projects across the Commonwealth with $9.5 billion in funding from the recently passed federal $1.2 trillion infrastructure law. “The bipartisan infrastructure law will deliver billions in funding to the Commonwealth, helping to build on the investments our administration has made over the past seven years to improve our roads and bridges and make our public transportation system more reliable and resilient,” Baker said. “We are grateful for the efforts of the congressional delegation to ...

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    4. Northern Tier Passenger-rail Study Launches

      Northern Tier Passenger-rail Study Launches

      On Thursday, Dec. 16, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will convene stakeholders and launch a study to examine the benefits, costs, and investments necessary to restart passenger rail service from North Adams to Greenfield and Boston, with the speed, frequency, and reliability necessary to be a competitive option for travel along this corridor. This study was required by legislation, passed in 2019, filed by state Sen. Jo Comerford and supported by state Sen. Adam Hinds and state Reps. Natalie Blais and Mindy Domb. More than 700 Western Mass. residents submitted testimony on behalf of the enabling legislation when it ...

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    5. MassDOT begins study on Northern Tier passenger rail service

      MassDOT begins study on Northern Tier passenger rail service

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is looking into the feasibility of restarting passenger rail service from North Adams to Greenfield and Boston. A study will examine the benefits, costs, and investments needed to create and maintain a passenger rail service with the speed, frequency, and reliability necessary to be a competitive option for travel along this corridor.

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    6. Neal high on East-West Rail prospects

      Neal high on East-West Rail prospects

      A passenger rail link between Boston and western Massachusetts is “one of the most essential infrastructure investments we anticipate making” now that a federal infrastructure package has been signed into law, Congressman Richard Neal said Thursday. “Trains connecting Boston to Worcester, Springfield and onto Pittsfield is a top priority of mine,” Neal, the chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, said during a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce event. “The money is now available to do that. It’s a matter of regional equity, and it could be a game changer for local economies beyond Boston.”

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    7. Union Station kicks off the holiday travel season

      Union Station kicks off the holiday travel season

      The City of Springfield will celebrate the start of the holiday season Tuesday with an official tree lighting ceremony at Union Station. Congressman Richard Neal will join Springfield city officials at 2:15 p.m. to officially kick off the holiday travel season. The tree was decorated by Social Haus Displays and features a model train made by the Amherst Rail Society There will also be a musical performance at the event.

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    8. PVTA electric bus to begin operating at UMass Amherst

      PVTA electric bus to begin operating at UMass Amherst

      A new all-electric bus from PVTA will be operating at UMass Amherst beginning in December. According to a news release sent to 22News from UMass, the 40-foot New Flyer XE bus from PVTA will be operated by UMass Transit and will be charged in the UMass Transit garage. It ranges approximately 230 miles. Funds from the Volkswagen court settlement was used to purchase the $919,721 electric bus. “This is the first delivery of the next generation of buses that will serve UMass and the Five Colleges,” Glenn Barrington, transportation manager at UMass Transit said. “We are receiving one this ...

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    9. New Forecast Suggests MassDOT Underestimated East-west Rail Ridership

      New Forecast Suggests MassDOT Underestimated East-west Rail Ridership

      Yesterday, state Sen. Eric Lesser joined Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin; Kimberly Robinson, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC); and Lyle Wray, executive director emeritus of the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) for a virtual press conference announcing significant ridership findings based on a new sketch-level analysis on east-west passenger rail in Massachusetts. The analysis was prepared by AECOM for CRCOG and PVPC and comes as a follow-up to the Metro Hartford-Springfield Rail Improvements Economic Impacts Study released in April, which demonstrated an addition of up to 40,000 jobs over 30 years and an economic return-on-investment ...

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    10. Drivers, mechanics wanted at the PVTA

      Drivers, mechanics wanted at the PVTA

      Are you looking for a new career? The PVTA is currently hiring for bus drivers, mechanics, and an accountant. Requirements to be a bus driver include having a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), a Passenger Endorsement and no Airbrake Restriction. Wage for bus drivers reach $21.75 per hour after a training period. The position does include benefits. The position of Bus Operator is a full-time, unionized position. Bus Operators are required to meet the DOT Medical Requirements for Commercial Licensing and need to have a current DOT Medical Card at all times. Part time positions are also available for ...

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    11. BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECOGNIZED WITH CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2021 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD “#3 BEST AIRPORT IN THE U.S.”

      BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECOGNIZED WITH CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2021 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD  “#3 BEST AIRPORT IN THE U.S.”

      The Connecticut Airport Authority is pleased to announce that Condé Nast Traveler today released the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, with Bradley International Airport recognized as the 3rd best airport in the U.S.  More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot about the places they can’t wait to return to next.

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    12. PVTA launches Amherst to Worcester intercity service

      PVTA launches Amherst to Worcester intercity service

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, in partnership with the Quaboag Connector, began operating Amherst to Worcester Intercity Service on Thursday. The Amherst to Worcester Intercity Route is set to operate Thursday through Monday with three trips daily on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Monday and two trips on Sunday. This will provide a direct route from Amherst to Worcester and allow riders from Western Massachusetts to connect directly with the MVTA’s Framingham Worcester Line.

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    13. Non-stop Flights to Columbus, Norfolk, and Pittsburgh Launch at Bradley

      Non-stop Flights to Columbus, Norfolk, and Pittsburgh Launch at Bradley

      The Connecticut Airport Authority announced that Bradley International Airport has launched new, non-stop service to Columbus, Ohio; Norfolk, Va; and Pittsburgh with Breeze Airways. These three launches follow the airline’s recent debut at Bradley and its inaugural non-stop service to Charleston, S.C. “We are incredibly honored to have welcomed Breeze Airways to Bradley International Airport this spring and to now have all four of its new non-stop routes officially launched,” said Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “All four destinations are new destinations, offering affordable access and added convenience for our passenger base. I thank ...

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    14. Amtrak to Relaunch Valley Flyer Service on July 26

      Amtrak to Relaunch Valley Flyer Service on July 26

      Starting on July 26, Amtrak and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will restart the Valley Flyer round-trip train service between Greenfield and New Haven, Conn., which suspended three trains on March 30, 2020 due to fewer travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In August 2019, Amtrak and MassDOT launched a new, state-supported passenger train called the Valley Flyer, which travels between Greenfield and New Haven with intermediate station stops. In New Haven, the train connects with Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor service and Metro-North’s New Haven Line service.

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    15. Bradley International Airport

      Bradley International Airport

      Kevin Dillon can see a number of signs of much-needed progress at Bradley International Airport, starting with the parking garage. Until quite recently, it was all the parking the airport needed to handle not only the passenger volume at the facility, but all the employees as well. In fact, it was far more than enough. But over the past few months, things have started changing. “Now, most days, we’re starting to fill the parking garage, and we opened up two additional surface lots — and that’s a good sign,” said Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, adding ...

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    16. Study Shows Nearly 10-to-1 Economic-development Return on Passenger-rail Investments

      Study Shows Nearly 10-to-1 Economic-development Return on Passenger-rail Investments

      A new report commissioned by the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), in consultation with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), has found a nearly 10-to-1 return on investments in passenger rail between New Haven and Worcester via the Hartford-Springfield metro area. U.S. Reps. Richard Neal (MA-01) and John Larson (CT-01) joined the heads of the two agencies at Union Station ion Springfield on May 6 to announce these findings and renew calls for a strong interstate commuter program along this inland route.

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    17. The Economic Benefits of Regional Rail Investment in Metro Hartford-Springfield

      The Economic Benefits of Regional Rail Investment in Metro Hartford-Springfield

      This report presents the study’s background and key findings in a narrative format. The Hartford Line, a regional rail service connecting New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield, opened in 2018, following a significant investment in the corridor’s rail infrastructure and rolling stock.The work remaining to be done includes electrification, additional rolling stock, a replacement of the Connecticut River Bridge at Windsor Locks, double-tracking of key segments, five new or relocated stations, and upgrading the downtown Hartford rail viaduct.

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    18. Bradley International Airport to Debut Non-stop Service to Atlanta on Frontier Airlines

      Bradley International Airport to Debut Non-stop Service to Atlanta on Frontier Airlines

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the debut of non-stop service from Bradley International Airport (BDL) to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on Frontier Airlines. “We’re delighted to announce new, non-stop service between Hartford and Atlanta,” said Tyri Squyres, vice president of Marketing at Frontier Airlines. “Our focus is delivering ‘low fares done right,’ and this new service represents our continued commitment to affordable flying and expanding travel opportunities for Connecticut flyers.” The service will commence on June 11 and will operate four times per week. To view flight times and booking information, visit www.flyfrontier.com.

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    19. Bradley International Airport to Launch Non-stop Service to Miami with JetBlue

      Bradley International Airport to Launch Non-stop Service to Miami with JetBlue

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the debut of new, non-stop service from Bradley International Airport (BDL) to Miami International Airport (MIA) on JetBlue. “Connecting customers in the Northeast and South Florida has been a hallmark of JetBlue’s success for more than 20 years, and offering our award-winning service and low fares between Hartford and Miami means we can attract new customers and grow in both regions,” said Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning for JetBlue.”

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    20. Bradley International Airport Launches Non-stop Service to Nashville

      Bradley International Airport Launches Non-stop Service to Nashville

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the launch of Southwest Airlines flights from Bradley International Airport to Nashville International Airport (BNA) in Tennessee. “We are excited to launch Southwest Airlines’ non-stop service to Nashville from Bradley International Airport,” said Kevin Dillon, executive director of the CAA. “Nashville is a popular destination that also offers key connectivity to major destinations across Southwest’s West Coast network. The launch of this service significantly enhances our non-stop offering for our travelers, and, with its introduction, we are pleased to strengthen our long-standing partnership with Southwest Airlines.”

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