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    1. Vote Bradley Airport the Best Small Airport in the Nation!

      Vote Bradley Airport the Best Small Airport in the Nation!

      This week, we received news that Bradley Airport has been nominated in USA Today's 2021 10Best Readers' Choice travel awards. The USA Today expert panel selected the airport as a contender for Best Small Airport in the nation. Now through February 1st, you can vote (one vote per day, per device) for the airport at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-small-airport-2020/bradley-international-airport-windsor-locks-connecticut/

      This is an exciting opportunity to highlight Bradley on a national level, especially during these challenging times. We hope you can help us by voting (as frequently as possible) for BDL!

       

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    2. Massachusetts Department of Transportation East-West Passenger Rail Study Update

      Massachusetts Department of Transportation East-West Passenger Rail Study Update

      MassDOT has released the Final Report for the East-West Passenger Rail Study. The study examines the potential benefits, costs, and investments necessary to connect people in western Massachusetts communities with central and eastern Massachusetts using a passenger rail service that provides fast, frequent, attractive service in a cost-effective and achievable manner.

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    3. Bradley International Airport Earns COVID-19 Health Accreditation

      Bradley International Airport Earns COVID-19 Health Accreditation

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that Bradley International Airport has received the Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI) World. The organization’s Airport Health Accreditation program evaluates new health and safety measures and procedures introduced at airports worldwide in response to COVID-19.

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    4. Bradley Airport Enhances COVID-19 Testing Site in Response to High Demand

      Bradley Airport Enhances COVID-19 Testing Site in Response to High Demand

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that enhancements have been made to the on-airport testing program at Bradley International Airport in response to strong interest from the traveling public. As the travel industry navigates the complexity surrounding COVID-19, the CAA has taken strong, proactive measures to ensure the continued well-being of passengers at Bradley. This includes the introduction of a COVID-19 testing site, which was opened in late September to further enhance safety and convenience.

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    5. Bradley International Airport to Launch Non-stop Service to Nashville

      Bradley International Airport to Launch Non-stop Service to Nashville

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the debut of new, non-stop service from Bradley International Airport to Nashville International Airport on Southwest Airlines. “Southwest is excited to offer travelers from Bradley International Airport daily service to the vibrant city of Nashville beginning in March 2021,” said Brian Parrish, a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines. In addition to offering Music City as a non-stop Southwest destination from BDL, the new service will provide convenient, one-stop connections to over 40 other Southwest destinations currently served via Nashville International Airport. We appreciate the continued support from New England customers.”

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    6. PVTA gets $680K federal grant to plan bus improvements

      PVTA gets $680K federal grant to plan bus improvements

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will receive $680,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reduce travel times and create greater access to jobs for rural residents in Western Massachusetts. The money will fund a transit review and improvement planning study, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday. That would include recommendations for improved transit services and facilities, new routes, modern fare collection systems and integrating low or no-emission buses.

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    7. MBTA warns of 15-month delay for Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars

      MBTA warns of 15-month delay for Springfield-built CRRC Orange Line cars

      CRRC subway cars for the MBTA Orange Line and Red Line will be delayed by at least a year, T officials announced Monday. CRRC, which employs 177 union production workers at its sprawling plant in East Springfield, pinned blame for the delays on the coronavirus pandemic. Spokeswoman Lydia Rivera cited changes to technical specifications and workforce challenges.

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    8. Bradley to Launch Expanded Service on JetBlue with Four New Non-stop Routes

      Bradley to Launch Expanded Service on JetBlue with Four New Non-stop Routes

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced non-stop service to four new destinations from Bradley International Airport on JetBlue. These new destinations include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cancún, Mexico. “One of Connecticut’s best competitive assets is its international airport in such close proximity to so many of our communities and employers,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said. “This strengthening of the partnership with JetBlue shows once again how important Bradley International Airport is to our present and our future. More routes and a strong international airport are key to Connecticut’s success.”

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    9. Pioneer Valley Railroad Is a Moving Business Success Story

      Pioneer Valley Railroad Is a Moving Business Success Story

      When it comes to moving freight, Jeremy Levine says, many business owners believe it comes down to a choice between rail — if it’s available — or trucks. But in many cases, he believes, the best answer might be rail and trucks. And this is the answer that has enabled Westfield-based sister businesses Pioneer Valley Railroad (PVRR) and its wholly owned subsidiary Railroad Distribution Services (RDS) — both Pinsly Railroad companies — to thrive for the past 35 years and remain on a steady growth trajectory.

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    10. East-West rail receives $50 million boost with passage of state’s Transportation Bond Bill

      East-West rail receives $50 million boost with passage of state’s Transportation Bond Bill

      The Massachusetts Senate approved nearly $17 billion in borrowing to fund the state’s transportation system, including nearly $50 million in spending earmarked for the east-west rail project. The sweeping legislative package — a modified version of Gov. Charlie Baker’s bond bill proposed last year — would authorize billions of dollars in transportation investments over the course of years to fund road and bridge repair programs, MBTA improvements and regional transit authority electrification, among many other things. The $50 million for east-west rail will be set aside as a down payment on preparatory work as a state-sponsored feasibility study nears completion.

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    11. Peter Pan Bus Lines resumes service after coronavirus shutdown

      Peter Pan Bus Lines resumes service after coronavirus shutdown

      Peter Pan Bus Lines resumed some of its intercity service Friday following a three-month shutdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Company chairman Peter Picknelly described service as “limited, in major city pairs.” Service began between major cities at 6 a.m. The first bus left Springfield at 10 a.m.

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    12. Peter Pan Bus Lines Resumes Service with CDC-approved Cleaning Process

      Peter Pan Bus Lines buses will be back on the road serving major cities along the Northeast corridor starting today, June 5, and the company has developed a new cleaning process to keep both customers and employees safe. “Shutting down was one of the hardest things we have ever done,” said Peter Picknelly, chairman of Peter Pan Bus Lines and third-generation leader of the family-owned company. “We also know that our customers have been through a lot as well. So, we are happy to be back on the road, serving our customers again, but now using the best cleaning and ...

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    13. Peter Pan Bus Lines to resume service June 5

      Peter Pan Bus Lines to resume service June 5

      Peter Pan has been mostly shut down since March due to travel restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It’s the first time the family-owned company has not offered bus service in its 87-year history. Peter Pan carried 5.7 million passengers in 2019 and serves more than 100 communities up and down the East Coast from New England to Washington, D.C., but only as far west as Albany, New York.

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    14. Coronavirus: Amtrak suspends Vermonter passenger train through Springfield; other north-south trains run on Saturday schedule

      Coronavirus: Amtrak suspends Vermonter passenger train through Springfield; other north-south trains run on Saturday schedule

      Amtrak has suspended service of the Vermonter long-distance train north of New Haven, Connecticut, the railroad announced this week. The train normally goes from Washington, D.C., up the eastern seaboard to New Haven and then on through Hartford and Springfield, ending in St. Albans, Vermont. The Vermonter will not run on Sundays until further notice.

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    15. Coronavirus forces Peter Pan, PVTA to cut back bus schedules; decision follows trains, planes and MBTA

      Coronavirus forces Peter Pan, PVTA to cut back bus schedules; decision follows trains, planes and MBTA

      Peter Pan Bus Lines has temporarily reduced schedules across the Northeast in response to restrictions on travel and gatherings meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Suspended service includes commuter bus service between Worcester, Framingham, and Boston as well as much of the service in and out of Springfield. A full list of suspended bus routes is available at peterpanbus.com/travel-info/travel-alerts.

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    16. Springfield Union Station gives pop-up restaurants a try as it works to fill vacant space

      Springfield Union Station gives pop-up restaurants a try as it works to fill vacant space

      Unfinished space in Springfield’s Union Station is more likely to rent if it’s further along the construction process and closer to being move-in ready, management says. As it searches for tenants, Union Station is letting pop-up food stands try out the transit hub in hopes that one might decide to locate there permanently.

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    17. East-west rail backers predict half a million commuter trips each year; MassDOT promises second look at ridership estimates

      East-west rail backers predict half a million commuter trips each year; MassDOT promises second look at ridership estimates

      Better, faster east-west passenger rail service could attract more than a half million commuter trips a year, regional planners from across Western Massachusetts told MassDOT officials Monday, offering an estimate that far exceeds the state’s recently released numbers.

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