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    1. Bradley International Airport begins flights to Miami on Frontier Airlines - masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport begins flights to Miami on Frontier Airlines - masslive.com

      Frontier Airlines made its first flight Thursday from Bradley International Airport to Miami.  It is a seasonal service running nonstop Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through April aboard an A320 Neo aircraft, Bradley said in a news release. The outbound flight departs from Bradley at 8 p.m. and arrives at Miami International Airport at 11:23 p.m. The inbound flight leaves Miami at 3:55 p.m. and arrives at Bradley at 7:04 p.m.

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    2. Springfield Union Station platform nears completion; Amtrak sees record-breaking year

      Springfield Union Station platform nears completion; Amtrak sees record-breaking year

      The refurbished Platform C at Springfield’s Union Station should be completed in three or four weeks, possibly in time for the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas travel seasons, according to the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns and manages the depot. At issue are final touches to the elevator that will bring passengers up from the station’s concourse and pedestrian tunnel to the platforms where they board trains, said Executive Director Christopher J. Moskal.

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    3. Westover Metropolitan Airport awaits OK for 24-hour operations in Chicopee

      Westover Metropolitan Airport awaits OK for 24-hour operations in Chicopee

      After three years of work and with the help of two grants, Westover Metropolitan Airport is close to achieving a long-term goal of allowing planes to land overnight. U.S. Air Force officials are scheduled to sign a letter of agreement on Thursday to approve the plan. If everything goes smoothly, the extended hours will begin Friday, said Michael Bolton, president and CEO of the airport. The small airport, owned by Westover Metropolitan Corp., has a partnership with Westover Air Reserve Base that allows it to use the Air Force runway and control tower services.

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    4. Mayor Domenic Sarno criticizes MBTA for awarding $278M deal to South Korea instead of Springfield-based Crrc Ma

      Mayor Domenic Sarno criticizes MBTA for awarding $278M deal to South Korea instead of Springfield-based Crrc Ma

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno criticized the MBTA on Friday for ordering 80 bi-level passenger railcars from South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem for $278.6 million instead of the Chinese-owned CRRC MA. CRRC already has a $95 million factory on Page Boulevard in East Springfield making MBTA Red and Orange line cars and already planning to make similar commuter rail double-decker cars for Philadelphia’s SEPTA.

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    5. Sen. Eric Lesser invites US Senate candidates to Springfield for debate on east-west rail - masslive.com

      Sen. Eric Lesser invites US Senate candidates to Springfield for debate on east-west rail - masslive.com

      State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, is calling on the candidates for U.S. Senate to hold a debate in Springfield focused on east-west rail.  Lesser wrote in a letter to all four candidates in the Democratic primary that he is inviting them to a debate on the topic of high-speed rail between Boston and Pittsfield. His letter says high-speed rail “has the potential to transform our Commonwealth’s economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs.”

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    6. MassPike study completed; October meetings set to plan I-90 exit between Westfield, Lee

      MassPike study completed; October meetings set to plan I-90 exit between Westfield, Lee

      After a summer of silence, MassDOT has completed its analysis of the three alternative locations for a new Massachusetts Turnpike exit between Westfield and Lee and drafting study recommendations. The new high exit, which could take a decade to get built, would cost between $29.5 and $37.8 million, according to MassDOT estimates. Now the agency, after promising local lawmakers they'd hear back in "summer" has set a pair of meetings in October to reveal its findings.

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    7. Sen. Eric Lesser Calls for East-West Rail at Western Mass. Transportation Forum

      Sen. Eric Lesser Calls for East-West Rail at Western Mass. Transportation Forum

      State Sen. Eric Lesser said the biggest step toward unlocking the vast economic potential of Western Mass. is solving the region’s transportation crisis. In a keynote address Friday at the Food Bank of Western Mass. Transportation Forum, the senator outlined a modern transportation network that would finally connect Springfield and its surrounding areas to Boston. “In many ways, Western Mass. has an inverse challenge from Metro Boston. We have a fantastic quality of life; we have a lot to offer,” Lesser said. “Imagine if we had a one-seat ride — 80 minutes — from Springfield’s Union Station to Boston’s ...

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    8. CRRC announces apprentice program for Springfield rail car plant; first such program in the U.S.

      CRRC announces apprentice program for Springfield rail car plant; first such program in the U.S.

      CRRC MA and the Sheet Metal Workers Local 63 have created a registered apprentice program for mechanical production worker training in rail car manufacturing at CRRC’s mammoth factory in East Springfield. The program at the plant — now building Orange Line subway cars for the T and soon to start work on Red Line cars — is the first apprenticeship program in the U.S. for rail car manufacturing, according to a news release.

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    9. MassDOT unveils plans for Holyoke highway project, residents speak out - masslive.com

      MassDOT unveils plans for Holyoke highway project, residents speak out - masslive.com

      Concerned residents had their say Tuesday evening at a public information session on plans by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to reconstruct the Interstate 91 and Route 141 interchange.  Construction of a roundabout, as well as features intended to improve traffic flow at the intersection of Route 141 (Easthampton Road) and Lindor Heights, would start in the fall of 2023.

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    10. State plans roundabout in Holyoke at intersection of Route 141 and Interstate 91 - masslive.com

      State plans roundabout in Holyoke at intersection of Route 141 and Interstate 91 - masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting at the Holyoke Senior Center at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 on a proposed two-lane roundabout where Route 141 meets Interstate 91 at Exit 17.  MassDOT also proposes to improve traffic flow and access where Route 141, also known as Easthampton Road, converges with Lindor Heights. The agency must secure rights-of-way and temporary easements near the construction site.

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    11. Amtrak announces Valley Flyer schedule of trains in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield,

      Amtrak announces Valley Flyer schedule of trains in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield,

      Travelers, starting Aug. 30, will be able to leave Greenfield, Holyoke or Northampton on the morning train, spend most of the business day in New York City and return that very night realizing the long-held dream of local rail transit advocates.According to the first timetables for Amtrak’s Valley Flyer Service released Friday by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the early Amtrak train leaves Greenfield at 5:45 a.m., Northampton at 6:10 a.m., Holyoke at 6:25 a.m. only to arrive at Springfield at 6:53 a.m. and depart at 7:05 a.m.

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    12. Expanded rail service for Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield may begin Aug. 30; test trains running overnight this week

      Expanded rail service for Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield may begin Aug. 30; test trains running overnight this week

      Daily passenger train service between the city’s Union Station, Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield could begin as soon as Aug. 30. But the start date could be pushed back depending on results of passengerless nighttime test runs Amtrak is making from Springfield to Greenfield along the Knowledge Corridor line this week, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Amtrak and MassDOT had planned to begin the service earlier this summer, but it was delayed due to track and signal work in Greenfield, according to MassDOT.

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    13. MBTA will put the 1st Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars into service on Wednesday

      MBTA will put the 1st Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars into service on Wednesday

      he first six Springfield-built Orange Line cars go into service Wednesday at Wellington Station in Medford, the MBTA announced Monday. All told, Springfield-based CRRC MA has shipped 10 of the cars — at a cost of $2.43 million each — to the Boston-area transit system, said CRRC spokeswoman Lydia Rivera. The cars go into service as six-car trainsets.

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    14. Berkshire delegation says east-west rail means trains, not slower, cheaper bus service

      Berkshire delegation says east-west rail means trains, not slower, cheaper bus service

      East-west passenger rail from Boston through Worcester and Springfield should not rely on a bus link to reach Pittsfield, the Berkshire County delegation to the state Legislature reiterated this week. The five lawmakers expressed their concerns in a letter to state transportation officials Monday, one week after state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, voiced his opposition to bus links during a meeting in Springfield. Pignatelli’s remarks to the East West Passenger Rail Advisory Committee prompted applause from business and civic leaders representing the Berkshires.

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    15. MassDOT: Boston-Springfield-Pittsfield passenger rail must balance speed, cost and convenience

      MassDOT: Boston-Springfield-Pittsfield passenger rail must balance speed, cost and convenience

      A commuter train trip from Springfield to Boston could take between 80 and 105 minutes, but only if the state builds a new rail line along the MassPike and connects it to historic Springfield Union Station and Worcester Union Station. But the trip is only marginally longer — about 90 minutes to just under two hours — if new rails are built basically along the existing freight rights of way with curves straightened out, according to a Massachusetts Department of Transportation analysis released Tuesday.

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    16. Bradley Begins Construction on New Ground Transportation Center - BusinessWest

      Gov. Ned Lamont, state leaders, Connecticut Airport Authority officials, and project stakeholders held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of Bradley International Airport’s new Ground Transportation Center on July 18. “Undoubtedly, Bradley International Airport is rapidly rising in popularity and ridership, with more airlines and routes being added regularly,” Lamont said. “More and more people throughout New England are recognizing the multiple benefits this airport provides — a convenient, centralized location and growing amenities that make travel easier.

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    17. Bradley International Airport looks for local vendors to add ‘sense of place’ to terminal

      Bradley International Airport looks for local vendors to add ‘sense of place’ to terminal

      Bradley International Airport wants to highlight local businesses and is looking for vendors who want to rent kiosks in a refurbished food court within the security checkpoints in Terminal A. The offer is good to local businesses across Bradley’s service territory in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts that sell specialty retail items or fully prepared, prepackaged food, according to a news release.

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    18. Springfield’s CRRC, Philadelphia transit system agree to delay delivery of commuter rail cars

      Springfield’s CRRC, Philadelphia transit system agree to delay delivery of commuter rail cars

      CRRC MA and the Philadelphia area’s transit system have agreed to a six-month extension on the delivery deadline for 45 Springfield-built double-decker commuter rail cars, in part so welds on the car shells can be checked out. The delay became public at a meeting of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority board last week.

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