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    1. Senate approves study of Boston to Springfield high-speed rail | masslive.com

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      Senate approves study of Boston to Springfield high-speed rail | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of an amendment to study the feasibility of high-speed passenger rail between Boston and Springfield.  The vote was 39-0 on an amendment sponsored by State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow.  'I believe there are really few projects that would do more to improve life or bring increased opportunity for us in Western Massachusetts than reliable, fast east-west rail service,' Lesser said in an interview.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. PVTA to introduce electric buses on Holyoke-Springfield line | masslive.com

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      PVTA to introduce electric buses on Holyoke-Springfield line | masslive.com

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority of Western Massachusetts will introduce three electric buses to the P21 route that connects Holyoke, Chicopee and Springfield in September.  The buses will offer a cleaner, quieter ride and long-term savings, administrator Mary L. MacInnes said.  Each bus cost $860,000 to purchase, about twice the price of an average diesel fueled bus. Though electric buses feature a higher sticker price they cost less to operate without the need to refuel at the pump.
      'Over the life of each vehicle, we should save $350,000 in maintaining and operating costs,' MacInnes said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    3. Peter Pan bus Lines adds new Hyannis-to-Boston and Logan Airport service | masslive.com

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      Peter Pan bus Lines adds new Hyannis-to-Boston and Logan Airport service | masslive.com

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will add new daily express service for Cape Cod running between Hyannis, Boston and Logan International Airport.  The new bus route starts Monday, May 2.  The bus will originate from the Hyannis Transportation Center. The route will also service the Barnstable and Sagamore park-and-ride lots, which offer free commuter parking.  Peter Pan's website, peterpan.com, advertises fares as low as $8.50 with buses departing Hyannis at 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The bus is expected to arrive at Logan one hour and 50 ...

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      Mentions:   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    4. Behind the Scenes: A look inside Springfield's Union Station redevelopment project  | masslive.com

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      Behind the Scenes: A look inside Springfield's Union Station redevelopment project  | masslive.com

      Springfield's Union Station was once where 'one entered the city like a god' to borrow the memorable phrase written of New York City's vanished Pennsylvania Station.
      Dormant since the 1970s, Union Station in Springfield is nearing the moment of its rebirth following an $88.5 million rehabilitation that took decades to get moving but is expected to be completed after just about two years of work.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. New bus service links Northampton, Amherst and North Quabbin communities to Boston | masslive.com

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      New bus service links Northampton, Amherst and North Quabbin communities to Boston | masslive.com

      The privately-owned Shelburne Falls company, MAX Bus, launched its expanded route on April 11 in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Pioneer Valley commuters can now hop on the bus at designated locations in downtown Northampton, Florence and Amherst at around 5 a.m. and get to Boston by 8:50 a.m. through a train connection in Leominster.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    6. MassDOT seeking public input on transportation priorities in Westfield, Pittsfield and Greenfield | masslive.com

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      MassDOT seeking public input on transportation priorities in Westfield, Pittsfield and Greenfield | masslive.com

      State transportation officials will hold a series of public meetings to solicit citizens' input on a draft five-year, multibillion-dollar Capital Investment Plan for long-term highway, air, rail and transit investments across the commonwealth.  In Western Massachusetts, MassDOT officials will conduct a series of meetings this month and next to identify and prioritize investments that most benefit the state's long-term goals of 'mobility, sustainability, and broad-based prosperity.'

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Westfield

    7. Trains in the Valley advocacy group pushes for more rail in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

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      Trains in the Valley advocacy group pushes for more rail in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

      A pair of local rail enthusiasts are starting a group -- one that will be both online and have real-life meetups -- to promote and share information on passenger and freight rail in the Pioneer Valley.  'Ultimately, it should evolve into a rail advocacy group,' said Zane Lumelsky who founded Trains in the Valley with Ben Heckscher. 'The website is a tool to get people involved.'  They are organizing a kick-off meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the Platform sports bar in Northampton's historic Union Station.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    8. Demolition of Westfield's Flahive Building to lead way for transit center | masslive.com

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      Demolition of Westfield's Flahive Building to lead way for transit center | masslive.com

      PVTA had already announced the razing of the Flahive Building and a spring start for construction of the tansit pavilion when plans for the center were approved last year by the Planning Board.  Sullivan said the start of the project now is the result of 'a lot of assistance by Gov. Charlie Baker and especially Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.'  He explained that Polito was instrumental is securing a MassWorks Grant in the amount of $1.7 million, the 'final financial piece of the pie to make this transit center a re

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    9. Pioneer Valley looks to leverage $643M Connecticut passenger rail investment in New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line

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      Pioneer Valley looks to leverage $643M Connecticut passenger rail investment in New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line

      Connecticut is spending $643 million in state and federal money improving the rail line from Springfield south to New Haven, with plans to run frequent commuter service by the beginning of 2018. And now is the time, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal said Friday, for Springfield and the Pioneer Valley to figure out how to leverage that investment and cooperate with Connecticut to bring more passenger rail service here going both north-south and running east-west from Boston through Worcester to Springfield -- and then on either to New Haven and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor or to Montreal.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    10. Mass Department of Transportation brings Mass Construction Career Program to Westfield Technical Academy | masslive.com

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      Mass Department of Transportation brings Mass Construction Career Program to Westfield Technical Academy | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has brought its Construction Apprentice Program to Westfield Technical Academy to offer an introduction to roadway construction job opportunities to juniors and seniors.  A total of 18 seniors received instruction this week on manhole brick inserts, interlocking block wall retainer construction and surveying to acquire calculating elevation and line grades.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    11. Are We on the Right Track with Rail?

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      Are We on the Right Track with Rail?

      The public needs a more complete and honest discussion of the likely costs and benefits of commuter rail service between Springfield and Greenfield. Most of the advertised benefits for commuter rail service come from a 2009 feasibility study done to justify rebuilding the rails from Springfield to Brattleboro. Like most of these studies, the projections come from computer models. I was on the committee that issued the study. Because we got money to rebuild the rails, we have actual numbers. The first phase of the feasibility study happened.  The Vermonter now runs on the line.  We can compare what is ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Greenfield

    12. Officials from Irish airline Aer Lingus visit Springfield to promotes new nonstop flights from Bradley International Airport to Dublin | masslive.com

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      Officials from Irish airline Aer Lingus visit Springfield to promotes new nonstop flights from Bradley International Airport to Dublin | masslive.com

      Officials for Irish airline Aer Lingus brought their promotional road show -- complete with flight attendants in uniforms -- to the Colony Club in downtown Springfield Wednesday, using the month of St. Patrick to promote the airline's new nonstop service from Hartford-Springfield Bradley International Airport to Dublin.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Springfield

    13. Lawmakers consider pitch for high-speed Boston-Springfield rail line | masslive.com

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      Lawmakers consider pitch for high-speed Boston-Springfield rail line | masslive.com

      Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, estimated that renovating the rail spur could cost $1 billion.  'It's an expensive project, and it isn't going to happen overnight, but we absolutely have to start somewhere, and now is the time,' Sullivan said.  Sullivan said the study would be a first step to look at the costs as well as the benefits in areas like housing and business development.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Rick Sullivan

    14. Interstate 91 viaduct rehabilitation to be subject of public meeting held by Massachusetts Department of Transportation | masslive.com

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      Interstate 91 viaduct rehabilitation to be subject of public meeting held by Massachusetts Department of Transportation | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and contractors doing the rehabilitation of Interstate 91 and its viaduct over downtown Springfield will give the public an update on progress from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, in the theater, 1000 Hall of Fame Ave, Springfield.  The $183.3 million project to rebuild Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield is estimated to be substantially completed in the late fall of 2017. Work is on or a little ahead of schedule, according to state Stephanie Pollack, secretary and chief executive officer ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    15. Region States Its Case for Expanded Rail

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      Region States Its Case for Expanded Rail

      Since Amtrak’s Vermonter returned to the so-called Connecticut River Line just over a year ago, bringing back passenger rail service to Northampton, Holyoke, and Greenfield after a nearly 30-year hiatus, officials in those cities say the train has done what they hoped it would — enable people to make connections. But the single train per day has certainly limited the number of those connections, they note, which is why they’re calling for additional north-south service while also pressing the state to make long-dreamed-of plans for an east-west line that would connect Springfield with Worcester and Boston a reality.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Smith College   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    16. Potential casino, new flights, terminal upgrades make 2016 exciting year for Bradley International Airport | masslive.com

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      Potential casino, new flights, terminal upgrades make 2016 exciting year for Bradley International Airport | masslive.com

      Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, said he's weeks away from announcing new food vendors for the Southwest Airlines concourse and elsewhere at the airport. The Airport is also close to signing a deal with an outside vendor to provide a multi-airline luxury club for high-roller passengers.  Think American Airlines Admirals Club, but open to selected passengers from all the airlines at Bradley, Dillon said.  'I think 2016 is going to be a good year for us,' he said.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Southwest Airlines

    17. Progress continues as completion of Springfield's Union Station expected by end of 2016 | masslive.com

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      Progress continues as completion of Springfield's Union Station expected by end of 2016 | masslive.com

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, announced his first campaign for city council from Union Station, and always made getting it repaired and reopened a priority as mayor and as congressman.  Today, the $88.5 million rehabilitation of Springfield Union Station is just months from completion. It is expected to reopen in December.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    18. Springfield Union Station parking deck topped off with ironworkers ceremony (photos) | masslive.com

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      Springfield Union Station parking deck topped off with ironworkers ceremony (photos) | masslive.com

      Construction workers hoisted the final precast concrete sections of the new Union Station parking garage into place Tuesday afternoon, bringing the six-level, 377-space building to its final height.  Members of Iron Workers Local 7 marked the occasion with a traditional topping-off ceremony complete with flying banners and an American flag from the final piece of structure.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Jet-travel-related Businesses Are Hitting New Heights

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      Jet-travel-related Businesses Are Hitting New Heights

      Kevin Bradley calls them “time machines.”  He was referring to the private jets Rectrix has available for hire that are used by businesspeople to transport them to and from meetings in distant states.  Clients can drive their cars directly up to these well-outfitted aircraft that are stationed in general-aviation airports and board immediately, which saves the time it would take to park, check in, go through security, and suffer the delays that can occur at a commercial airport. Once passengers are airborne, they have access to technology, privacy, and comfort that allow them to continue their business dealings alone or ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Westfield

    20. Demolition of I-91 Viaduct Deck Begins Feb. 10

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      Demolition of I-91 Viaduct Deck Begins Feb. 10

      MassDOT’s contractor, the joint venture of White-Schiavone, will begin demolishing the I-91 viaduct’s reinforced concrete bridge deck on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The work will take place in the inner northbound lane of the viaduct along the median, which is currently closed. The contractor will work a day shift (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and a night shift (4 p.m. to midnight) on Mondays through Fridays.  Demolition of the inner northbound lane deck is expected to continue through April 2017. Demolition of other portions of the viaduct deck will continue through summer 2017.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. I-91 reconstruction project in Springfield ahead of schedule, says MassDOT Sec. Stephanie Pollack | masslive.com

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      I-91 reconstruction project in Springfield ahead of schedule, says MassDOT Sec. Stephanie Pollack | masslive.com

      The major rehabilitation work on Interstate 91 through Downtown Springfield is at or ahead of schedule thanks to a mild, snow-free winter and to an incentive clause that pays contractors a bonus for getting the project done even sooner.  The $183.3 million project is estimated to be completed in the late fall of 2017.  Stephanie Pollack, secretary and chief executive officer of the Department of Transportation, delivered the good news Wednesday meeting with reporters at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    22. Commuter trains from Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield could begin next year, transportation secretary Stephanie Pollack says | masslive.com

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      Commuter trains from Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield could begin next year, transportation secretary Stephanie Pollack says | masslive.com

      Planning is in the early stages, but a pilot program to run frequent north-south commuter trains on the 'Knowledge Corridor' tracks from Springfield stopping in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield could begin a year from now in the spring of 2017.  Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts secretary and chief executive officer of the state Department of Transportation, made the prediction Wednesday following a meeting with local transportation and transit planners and the mayors of Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Agawam.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Greenfield

    23. Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to lead regional meeting in Springfield | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack to lead regional meeting in Springfield | masslive.com

      Expanded passenger rail service through Springfield and the Pioneer Valley will be just one topic on the agenda Wednesday, Feb. 3, when Stephanie Pollack, Secretary & Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Transportation, leads a meeting in Springfield.  Pollack will act as chairwoman for the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The public meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at 60 Congress Street, 1st Floor.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    24. American Airlines to offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport to Los Angeles | masslive.com

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      American Airlines to offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport to Los Angeles | masslive.com

      American Airlines will offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport here to Los Angeles International, or LAX, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Wednesday afternoon.  Tickets don't go on sale until Tuesday and fare information was unavailable. Service begins June 2 using 150-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.  Bradley International Airport reported 2.72 million passengers boarding in calendar year 2015, that's up 1.4 percent from the 2.68 million passenger departures in calendar year 2014.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Boeing   Dannel Malloy

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