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    1. Northampton will celebrate the arrival of the new Knowledge Corridor passenger train Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick

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      Northampton will celebrate the arrival of the new Knowledge Corridor passenger train Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick

      Mayor David J. Narkewicz will jump on board the new Knowledge Corridor express Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick, U.S. Rep. James McGovern and other officials as it makes a trial run through the Pioneer Valley

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Amherst

    2. Holyoke to begin $3.2 million construction of passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets

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      Holyoke to begin $3.2 million construction of passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets

      Ground will be broken Monday (Dec. 22) on a $3.2 million platform at Dwight and Main streets signaling the city's return to passenger train service upon its completion in September, officials said Thursday (Dec. 18). "The platform will have areas for seating, and the site will have a parking lot for 25 vehicles and a loop for bus drop off," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Northampton

    3. Springfield City Council approves $3.2 million for Union Station project, set to be covered by MGM Springfield payments

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      Springfield City Council approves $3.2 million for Union Station project, set to be covered by MGM Springfield payments

      The City Council on Monday authorized spending $3.2 million toward the long-awaited, $75.6 million Union Station intermodal transportation project. The funding was approved by unanimous vote, occurring as construction crews continue demolishing the deteriorated baggage building adjacent to the long-vacant station, helping to provide space for bus bays and a new parking garage, as key components of the project. . The council vote authorized borrowing the $3.2 million, with that cost set to be covered by annual payments from MGM Springfield. MGM is building a $800 million casino project in the South End-downtown area, and is paying $500 ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal   MGM

    4. Knowledge Corridor passenger line to begin as scheduled on December 29

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      Knowledge Corridor passenger line to begin as scheduled on December 29

      Amtrak announced Friday that its new Vermonter passenger line, which includes stops in Northampton and Greenfield, will begin as scheduled on Dec. 29. The route, dubbed the "Knowledge Corridor," also includes a stop in Springfield and will add Holyoke to the line later in 2015. The new stops will replace service to Amherst, which will end on December 28.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Amherst

    5. Springfield officials set to announce financing plan for acclerated, single-phase Union Station redevelopment project

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      Springfield officials set to announce financing plan for acclerated, single-phase Union Station redevelopment project

      Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said that a press conference will provide the full details including "the overall financing and the extent of the build-out." The time and location of the announcement was pending. "The simple fact of the matter is if we don't do a full project right now, when will we do a full project?" Kennedy said, during a meeting with the editorial board of The Republican. "The fact of the matter is we got to do it now. That is what the goal is."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Kevin Kennedy

    6. $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

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      $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

      The upcoming aviation technology program in Westfield got a major boost last week when it was awarded more than $1 million in state funding. The planned program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School is set to start in September 2015 after a flood of support from Westfield, the state and the business community. The program would provide a path for students from middle school up to college in the aviation industry, and will be the first of its kind in the area. Greg Bialecki, Housing and Economic Development Secretary, announced the capital equipment grant Dec. 5. Bialecki visited the school ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    7. Springfield Union Station: Can New Haven's transit-connnected development be

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      Springfield Union Station: Can New Haven's transit-connnected development be

      Rail travelers streamed through the ornate Great Hall of New Haven's Union Station Monday as Springfield-area business and civic leaders, including Mayor Domenic Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, gazed down from the building's ornate gilded-age balcony and dreamed of what Springfield's Union Station might one day be like. "I was struck by how welcoming it is," said Neal, a driving force behind the nearly 40-year effort to reopen Springfield's rail deport. "You could really sense to efficient movement of people."

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Northampton

    8. MassDOT, city officials discuss pending Interstate 91 viaduct project concerns, remedies

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      MassDOT, city officials discuss pending Interstate 91 viaduct project concerns, remedies

      During the nearly 90-minute meeting, representatives of the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and its consultants, said that compressing the project from a potential six-year timetable to a planned three-year timetable does create added challenges, and there will be inconveniences. However, there will be a myriad of steps including monitoring cameras, police details at key city intersections, traffic signal adjustments, and public outreach efforts to address the issues, they said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    9. 220 mph train to Boston? Long Island-Connecticut tunnel? Feds discuss plans for Northeast rail line

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      220 mph train to Boston? Long Island-Connecticut tunnel? Feds discuss plans for Northeast rail line

      he three proposals include features such as a tunnel to connect stations on Long Island to the Connecticut coastline for service to Providence and Boston; a "second spine" alongside the current Northeast Corridor tracks that would carry high-speed rail at speeds of 220 mph, and new service between New York and Boston that would serve Hartford, Springfield and Worcester, Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield

    10. Route 5 project may 'overlap' with start of I-91 replacement in Springfield, traffic impact to be minimal: Mass DOT official

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      Route 5 project may 'overlap' with start of I-91 replacement in Springfield, traffic impact to be minimal: Mass DOT official

      The viaduct project will replace the mile-long elevated highway that runs between State Street and Interstate 291. It is estimated it will cost $230 million and take between three to six years. The section of the highway through Springfield is heavily traveled. Surveys have put the number of daily vehicles at an average of 72,000 on weekdays and 54,000 on weekends. During the peak commuting times on weekday mornings and evenings, it sees between 4,500 and 5,700 vehicles per hour. During construction, the state has plans to keep two of three lanes in each direction open ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    11. First Amtrak train on Knowledge Corridor to stop in Northampton on Dec. 29

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      First Amtrak train on Knowledge Corridor to stop in Northampton on Dec. 29

      The first Amtrak train on the new Knowledge Corridor will stop in Northampton on its journey north on Dec. 29, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Built with $73 million in federal stimulus money, the Knowledge Corridor will also stop in Springfield, Holyoke and Greenfield. Riders will be able to go from Washington, D.C., to Burlington, Vt. Until now, the line has gone through Amherst, but it ran through Northampton until 1989, when the condition of the tracks made it unsafe for passenger trains.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Amherst

    12. Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

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      Viewpoint: CNR Changchun's plan to build facility in Springfield complements bright future for region

      The governor revealed that CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. will build a 125,000-square-foot rail car assembly plant and a 33,700-square-foot office building on this East Springfield graveyard of 7,000 good-paying industrial jobs. The factory’s initial work will be to assemble $1.5 billion worth of new cars for Boston’s Red and Orange lines, but the Chinese plan to make this their North American headquarters.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    13. Public invited to Changchun Railway Vehicles / MBTA Springfield announcement today | masslive

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      Public invited to Changchun Railway Vehicles / MBTA Springfield announcement today | masslive

      The MBTA has chosen CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles and its Springfield location for $1.5 billion in work assembling new subway cars for the Red Line and the Orange Line of Boston's subway system.  The public is invited to Gov. Deval Patrick's formal announcement, 1 p.m. today at Changchun's site, the former Westinghouse site at 655 Page Boulevard.  The MBTA board is expected to vote Wednesday (Oct. 22), on the first phase of Changchun's Red and Orange line work during a meeting in Boston.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amtrak   Springfield

    14. Amherst task force wants to assess overall transportation needs, residents, employees asked to complete survey

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      Amherst task force wants to assess overall transportation needs, residents, employees asked to complete survey

      Amherst has called Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 Transportation Days and consultants will be out at places like the Farmers Market meeting with residents and those who work in town to learn about their transportation concerns and needs. They'll also be asking people to fill out a transportation survey, something people can also do on online beginning Thursday, said Richard Roznoy, chairman of the Transportation Task Force.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    15. Springfield officials, downtown organizations coordinate efforts to deal with I-91 viaduct project, proposed dining district, other issues

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      Springfield officials, downtown organizations coordinate efforts to deal with I-91 viaduct project, proposed dining district, other issues

      Representatives of several downtown organizations met Monday with city officials to discuss cooperative strategies ranging from preparations for the Interstate 91 viaduct rehabilitation project to promotion of a dining district. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer, said meetings are being conducted for coordination and planning purposes. Monday’s meeting was at City Hall. There are many endeavors in the downtown district including a new study on the Worthington Street corridor, the major state repairs to Interstate 91 that will create parking and traffic issues, and renovations underway at Union Square and the ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Springfield Chamber of Commerce

    16. Bradley International Airport seeks Springfield-area input, reports strong

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      Bradley International Airport seeks Springfield-area input, reports strong

      Springfield business leaders have long wanted a say in Bradley management, said Allan W. Blair , President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. At first, the idea was to have someone on the Connecticut Airport Authority  board, the governing authority for Bradley as well as Danielson, Groton-New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham airports. But legislation creating the authority in 2011 put appointing authority in the hands of the Connecticut governor and lawmakers in Hartford. "We understand the political realities," Blair said. Dillon said the advisory committee will have his ear.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Springfield   Allan W. Blair

    17. Springfield-to-Northfield train line to be purchased by state to restore Knowledge Corridor Rail Line

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      Springfield-to-Northfield train line to be purchased by state to restore Knowledge Corridor Rail Line

      The $115 million project is being funded with a $75 million Federal Railroad Administration grant and $40 million in state funds. "The Knowledge Corridor is a rail asset that will play a key role in the region's transportation system, both by delivering improved customer service in the form of faster travel times, as well as by being built to a standard that can accommodate more freight," said state Department of Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey. "Purchasing the line will also allow us to preserve the line's viability for the long-term, and will position the Commonwealth to use this ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Palmer

    18. Holyoke planners informing manufacturers about 1- and possibly 2-day closure of Canal St. for rail improvements

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      Holyoke planners informing manufacturers about 1- and possibly 2-day closure of Canal St. for rail improvements

      The work under the direction of the state Department of Transportation is to prepare for
      Amtrak's passenger rail system linking Connecticut and Vermont, with stops in Springfield , Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield, said Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, development specialist with the city Department of Planning and Economic Development. The city is informing manufacturers so they can notify employees and plan for deliveries scheduled that weekend, she said. Businesses should have the ability to use the Route 116 bridge and circle back south through South Hadley and Chicopee if deliveries are imperative that weekend, she said.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Northampton

    19. Amtrak passenger service ready to roll by New Years, according to Pan Am

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      Amtrak passenger service ready to roll by New Years, according to Pan Am

      Motorist and patrons of businesses along Damon Road were surprised Saturday when crews closed the road between King and Bridge streets as crews improved the crossing on Damon Road. The work was part of the same project that prompted Pan Am Railways to install a temporary camp to feed workers on the line near North and Market streets. The crew was replacing the old freight rails with welded rails more suitable for passenger trains along the "Knowledge Corridor," the stretch of track between Springfield and Greenfield that is part of the Amtrak route.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Amherst

    20. Agawam architects to design transit pavilion

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      Agawam architects to design transit pavilion

      Reinhardt Associates Inc. (RAI) of Agawam has been selected by the Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority (PVTA) to design the new Westfield Transit Pavilion, formerly referred as the Westfield Intermodal Transportation Center, at the corner of Elm and Arnold Streets. “They just told me last week we were awarded the project, so we don’t even have a contract signed,” said John MacMillan, president of RAI. “They went through a designer selection about a month ago, and told us last week, maybe even earlier this week, that we were awarded the contract.” While the design process is still in the earliest ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    21. Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

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      Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

      Michael Bolton, director of civil aviation at Westover Metropolitan Airport, said the enshrinement ceremonies don't end until 10:30 p.m., making it hard for traveling parties to get back on their aircraft by 11 p.m.  'We'll be pretty busy,' Bolton said. 'We look forward to it. It is pretty good for business.' Westover Metropolitan Airport has arranged for the air traffic control tower at Westover Air Reserve Base to stay open an additional two hours Aug. 8 when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosts its annual Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall downtown.


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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    22. Westfield's Elm Street Urban Renewal Plan to follow PVTA intermodal center, city advancement officer says

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      Westfield's Elm Street Urban Renewal Plan to follow PVTA intermodal center, city advancement officer says

      Construction on the proposed $6.8 million Pioneer Valley Transit Authority's intermodal center here could begin later this year while city plans for redevelopment along Elm Street are one to two years further down the road. City Advancement Officer Joseph Mitchell said this week the PVTA is currently reviewing two proposals for construction of the intermodal center, and will open offers Aug. 18 that focus on the necessary land acquisition and relocation services for the Arnold Street site.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    23. Springfield's Union Station chugging along toward projected July 2016 opening date

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      Springfield's Union Station chugging along toward projected July 2016 opening date

      Wearing hardhats, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, led a tour of city and state officials through the cavernous old building to show its transformation into a transportation hub. “Work is going on internally,” Sarno said, standing in the old baggage building as a jackhammer rattled behind him. “You don’t see it from the outside – the progress is internal.” In the most recent steps toward the projected July 2016 opening date, the Holyoke-based building contractor Daniel O’Connell’s Sons demolished the parking garage at 30 Frank B. Murray Street and is preparing ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    24. Transit Transformation | BusinessWest

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      Transit Transformation | BusinessWest

      Timothy Brennan calls the return of passenger rail service to the Pioneer Valley a “new frontier.”  That’s a phrase that has been used in other cities across the nation where revitalization has occurred as a result of the introduction or expansion of commuter rail service, which caters to the growing demand among young people and Baby Boomers for housing in downtowns complete with shops, restaurants, entertainment, and a good transportation system. And Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, believes it applies here.  Next year, after more than a decade of planning and infrastructure work, Amtrak’s ...

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      Mentions:   Timothy W. Brennan

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