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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Trade war: will US espionage fears scupper Chinese rail group? | Financial Times

      Trade war: will US espionage fears scupper Chinese rail group? | Financial Times

      In its 19th century heyday, the city of Springfield in Massachusetts produced the first industrial assembly line, the first gasoline-powered automobile and the first sleeping rail car. Wason, one of its leading companies, made passenger coaches and streetcars for clients across the US and countries as far afield as Egypt. While Wason went out of business in the 1930s, Springfield prospered well into the 20th century before deindustrialisation forced many of its factories to close.

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    14. CTrail ridership in Springfield totals 11K after first year; Union Station welcomed 2.5 million passengers

      CTrail ridership in Springfield totals 11K after first year; Union Station welcomed 2.5 million passengers

      Ridership on CTrail’s Hartford Line trains to and from Springfield has hovered just above 1,000 passengers a month according to Union Station visitor numbers provided by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. Through its first 11 full months of operation, July 2018 through May 2019, CTrail trains have carried 11,570 people to and from Union Station in Springfield. The CTrail Hartford Line commuter rail service began operating out of the renovated terminal in June 2018.

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    15. Amtrak returns to Union Station concourse, new platform expected to open in four weeks

      Amtrak returns to Union Station concourse, new platform expected to open in four weeks

      Amtrak showed off its new ticket window Monday and checked luggage drop-off on the first floor of Union Station. The counter moves Amtrak customer service to the main concourse with the Peter Pan and Greyhound counters and vending machines selling tickets for both CTrail’s Hartford Line and its connecting Metro-North service. Amtrak is now just down the corridor from the PVTA intracity bus counter.

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    16. Governor Authorizes $200 Million in Chapter 90 Transportation Funding to Cities and Towns

      Governor Authorizes $200 Million in Chapter 90 Transportation Funding to Cities and Towns

      Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill authorizing $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds to support all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Since taking office in 2015, the Baker-Polito administration has awarded a total of $1.14 billion through the Chapter 90 formula. “Chapter 90 funding provides cities and towns with critical resources to carry out important projects like highway construction and road paving to improve local infrastructure in communities across Massachusetts,” Baker said. “We thank the Legislature for working with our administration to pass this bill and continue our support for local officials this construction season.”

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    17. Study of east-west rail connecting North Adams, Greenfield and Boston passes Massachusetts Senate

      Study of east-west rail connecting North Adams, Greenfield and Boston passes Massachusetts Senate

      As state Sen. Jo Comerford campaigned to represent Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester in the Massachusetts legislature last year, the issue of transportation connecting the state kept arising among voters. Residents in Central and Western Massachusetts spoke of an easier way to get to and from Boston. “It’s within people’s lifetimes that we had passenger service,” Comerford, a Northampton Democrat, told MassLive of the former rail service along the Route 2 corridor. The previous passenger service ran from 1875 to 1968, connecting Eastern and Western Massachusetts.

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    18. Peter Pan Charts a Route to Continued Growth

      Peter Pan Charts a Route to Continued Growth

      Peter Picknelly says the higher prices that consumers are experiencing at the gas pump are a fairly recent phenomenon, with the surge coming over the past few months or so. But in the bus business, such changes to the landscape can, and usually do, have a quick and profound impact. And Easter weekend provided ample evidence of this. “Business was up 18% over the same period a year ago — we were really busy over Easter weekend,” said Picknelly. “When gas prices go up, we see an increase in ridership, and they’ve been going up.

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    19. David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David B. Panagore, who helped guide Springfield out of a financial crisis more than a decade ago, has taken a top management position with the MBTA. Panagore has accepted the position of chief administrative officer, the transportation agency announced this week. Panagore will report to the general manager, Steve Poftak, and he will be responsible for overseeing the MBTA’s administrative and financial functions, according to a message sent to MBTA staffers. He starts May 13.

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