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    1. MassDOT: I-91 project should not delay MGM Springfield casino opening

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      MassDOT: I-91 project should not delay MGM Springfield casino opening

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has stated that it does not believe its Interstate 91 viaduct construction project in downtown Springfield should create any need for a proposed delayed opening of the MGM Springfield casino project. "MassDOT does not believe that the schedule for the (I-91) viaduct project need result in a delay in the construction of a casino in Springfield," MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes said in a prepared release. "In short, to speculate that completion of either project will be delayed when both projects are just getting under way is premature."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation   MGM

    2. I-91 reconstruction will add up to 15 minutes to travel time, state says; crowd at Springfield hearing has its doubts

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      I-91 reconstruction will add up to 15 minutes to travel time, state says; crowd at Springfield hearing has its doubts

      A guffaw of disbelief went up Thursday night as Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials experts explained that the planned reconstruction of the Interstate 91 deck through downtown Springfield will add just 10 minutes to 15 minutes to the average trip along the 2.5-mile viaduct during the construction. Don Cooke, managing director at Vanesse Hansen Brustlin and a traffic consultant on the project admitted that traffic will be volatile once construction begins. Motorists, he said, will scurry around looking for alternate routes.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   Eastern States Exposition

    3. Springfield gets final $12 million for Union Station; Neal pushes east-west rail for Boston 2024 bid | masslive.com

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      Springfield gets final $12 million for Union Station; Neal pushes east-west rail for Boston 2024 bid | masslive.com

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal led Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito through the now-empty passenger tunnel at Springfield's Union Station on Monday following a news conference.  'You can imagine what a beehive of activity this once was,' Neal, a longtime advocate for the rehabilitation of the 89-year-old depot, told her. 'This would have been full of people.'

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    4. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority presents plans for Westfield Transit Center

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      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority presents plans for Westfield Transit Center

      Detailed plans for a $6 million PVTA Transit Center on Arnold Street are now under review by the city's Planning Board. The plans, for a mostly glass structure, were formally submitted to the Planning Board Tuesday night by PVTA representatives and City Advancement Officer Joseph Mitchell. The center has been part of the downtown revitalization effort for years and Mitchell said the $6 million price tag includes PVTA's acquisition of the Flahive Building and its demolition on Arnold Street. The property has been acquired by PVTA recently and demolition will be scheduled shortly.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    5. With arrival of MGM, influx of other Springfield business developments, local taxi services looking to step up their game | masslive.com

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      With arrival of MGM, influx of other Springfield business developments, local taxi services looking to step up their game | masslive.com

      With the MGM Springfield casino on the horizon, along with other recent developments and investments being made in the 'City of Homes,' an opportunity is presenting itself for local taxi companies to take their service to the next level.  Fara Bahrehmand, president and co-owner of the Yellow Cab of Springfield, says his company stands prepared to grow his fleet of cab drivers if the demand increases accordingly. He is hopeful that business from MGM will allow them to double their already existing fleet of 54 licensed vehicles. 'We are very excited,' said Bahrehmand.

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    6. Willimansett bridge reopens to Holyoke-Chicopee traffic after $26.5 million renovation

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      Willimansett bridge reopens to Holyoke-Chicopee traffic after $26.5 million renovation

      Northern Construction Service, LLC., of Palmer, completed the project. Northern Construction was the second-lowest bidder, but since the contract was made with American International Group, the insurance company which held the bond for the now-bankrupt Pihl Inc., of Denmark, they did not have to follow the state procurement process and that allowed work to resume sooner than if rebidding had to be done, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Chicopee   Holyoke

    7. Interstate 91 contractor discusses project with Springfield students | masslive.com

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      Interstate 91 contractor discusses project with Springfield students | masslive.com

      Contractors hired to rehabilitate the Interstate 91 viaduct through downtown Springfield think they'll need nearly a half-million worker-hours to accomplish the job and students in a pre-apprenticeship program are eager to work as many of those hours as they can.  Representatives of J.F. White Contracting Co. of Framingham and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation met Wednesday with 21 trainees in Community Works, a pre-apprenticeship program aimed at getting underemployed residents of Springfield and Holyoke a taste of the construction trades and prepping them for further training offered through building trades unions.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    8. Northampton Train Day planned to celebrate return of passenger rail service

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      Northampton Train Day planned to celebrate return of passenger rail service

      Mayor David J. Narkewicz will read a proclamation on Saturday, May 9, declaring Northampton Train Day as part of a ceremony to celebrate the return of Amtrak service to the city. The "Knowledge Corridor" passenger rail line resumed service through Northampton and Greenfield last December after a long absence. The train goes as far south as Washington, D.C., and as far north as Burlington, Vermont.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Northampton   Greenfield

    9. Interstate 91 viaduct reconstruction bids awarded for $183.3 million | masslive.com

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      Interstate 91 viaduct reconstruction bids awarded for $183.3 million | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded the bid to rebuild the two-mile-long Interstate 91 viaduct through downtown Springfield.  JF White-Schiavone of Framingham submitted the lowest bid at $148 million, according to a state news release.  The total project cost, which in addition to the bid price includes railroad flaggers, traffic details, protections against cost overruns, and an incentive clause for the contractor to expedite the work, is approximately $183.3 million, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.  The Mass DOT said the contract also provides for an incentive of $50,000 per day for each day the contractor completes ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    10. Boston Olympics depending on Springfield MBTA cars, says CEO of Boston 2024

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      Boston Olympics depending on Springfield MBTA cars, says CEO of Boston 2024

      Without Chinese manufacturer CNR Changchung's decision to locate a plant in Springfield and build new rail cars for the MBTA, Boston might not have any Olympic dreams, Richard Davey, CEO of Boston 2024 Partnership, said on Thursday. When Boston began considering its Olympic bid, Davey said the CNR deal was "number one of seven priorities" promoters considered as key to the city's pitch for the Olympic bid.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

    11. Could $15 Ryanair flights to Europe be offered through Bradley International Airport? | masslive

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      Could $15 Ryanair flights to Europe be offered through Bradley International Airport? | masslive

      Bradley International Airport could be the smaller, cheaper alternative to Logan. The Windsor Locks airport is 110 miles from Boston -- roughly two hours by car -- and also accessible by bus and Amtrak trains daily. The airport currently has an underutilized international arrivals building. While the space was once occupied by several airlines, currently Delta is the sole operator in the building.  The state has proposed plans to revamp the airport, including offering more opportunity for international flights.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak

    12. A rebuilt Union Station, expanded Boston rail service, will fuel region's economy: Reader viewpoint

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      A rebuilt Union Station, expanded Boston rail service, will fuel region's economy: Reader viewpoint

      It is indeed gratifying to see, at long last, the revitalization of Union Station, the last station of a major New England city to be restored to its earlier grandeur, which hopefully will provide Springfield with the opportunity to welcome frequent intercity rail service. The prospect of Union Station becoming an anchor for the North End in terms of business interests certainly is a hopeful one and invites optimism regarding the renaissance of the entire Springfield metropolitan area. A restored Union Station and rail service will complement projects that are now underway, not the least of which is the manufacturing ...

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield

    13. ACCGS Program Explores High-speed Rail from Springfield to Boston

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      ACCGS Program Explores High-speed Rail from Springfield to Boston

      State Sen. Eric Lesser and Tim Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), will discuss Lesser’s recently filed feasibility bill requiring the Mass. Department of Transportation to conduct a study on the viability of high-speed rail access between Springfield and Boston. They will also address the need for this service and how it can positively impact Western Mass. economies.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    14. Department of Transportation has no plans to install ticket kiosks for Amtrak Vermonter line

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      Department of Transportation has no plans to install ticket kiosks for Amtrak Vermonter line

      Because of its complexity and the limited number of seats, the ticketing system for Amtrak's Vermonter line through the Pioneer Valley will remain an online operation, a state official said. Some Greenfield customers have complained that they have been unable to buy a ticket at the John W. Olver Transportation Center in downtown Greenfield, and have to do it instead on Amtrak's website. The Vermonter, sometimes called the Knowledge Corridor line, goes all the way to Washington, D.C., in the south and to northern Vermont in the north.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Northampton   Greenfield

    15. Bradley International Airport sees rise in passenger traffic, seeks international service | masslive

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      Bradley International Airport sees rise in passenger traffic, seeks international service | masslive

      Connecticut - With passenger traffic up, new flights added and a renewed effort to improve the flying experience for customers, Bradley International Airport is moving into 2015 on an upswing.  Since transitioning the airport from the control of the Connecticut Department of Transportation to the Connecticut Airport Authority in July 2013, airport authority executive director Kevin Dillon and his team have been implementing changes and improvements at Bradley to benefit both carriers and the public.  One area airport administration has been targeting is route development.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Southwest Airlines   Springfield

    16. Springfield on the rise: Union Station seen as a centerpiece of city's revival | masslive

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      Springfield on the rise: Union Station seen as a centerpiece of city's revival | masslive

      Springfield's Union Station has begun its transformation into the Union Station Regional Intermodal Transportation Center.  Built by the Boston & Albany Railroad in 1926, the station fell into disuse in the 1970s. Now, with the help of federal and state money, the Springfield Redevelopment Authority is working to renovate and reinvigorate the structure.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Connecticut puts Springfield-New Haven commuter rail service out to bid | masslive

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      Connecticut puts Springfield-New Haven commuter rail service out to bid | masslive

      The Connecticut Department of Transportation is looking for an operator to run its planned New Haven to Springfield commuter CTrail Hartford line service.  The $365 million project is expected to provide trains at least every half hour during peak hours from Springfield to New Haven with stops at Hartford and other stops in between. Trains are expected to start rolling in late 2016, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  'This is definitely good news for Springfield,' said Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Amtrak   Springfield

    18. Amtrak rail 'employment corridor' would open job opportunities: Letters to the Editor

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      While the “high speed” Amtrak service through the newly inaugurated “knowledge corridor” is nice to have, even that with the three daily “shuttles” does not provide true commuter rail service north and south. But it does help. However, the time is long overdue for true commuter rail service between two capital cities passing through Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Chicopee

    19. First passenger train in a generation stops at Northampton as new Amtrak service begins

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      First passenger train in a generation stops at Northampton as new Amtrak service begins

      A crowd of about 100 people jammed the Northampton stop next to the former Depot Restaurant for The Vermonter's first voyage through Northampton since the 1980s. The route also passes through Springfield and Greenfield on its way between St. Albans, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. For decades, the line dog-legged through Amherst, which had its farewell voyage on Sunday.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amtrak   Springfield

    20. Knowledge Corridor Special: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, others christen Amtrak rails

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      Knowledge Corridor Special: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, others christen Amtrak rails

      Gov. Deval Patrick,  U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, and retired U.S. Rep. John Olver of Amherst hosted dignitaries and press on the "Knowledge Corridor Special." It was a test run of passenger service on tracks rebuilt in a $120 million state and federal project. The federal stimulus program provided $73 million of the $120 million, with the state making up the rest. The trip was also an old-fashioned whistle-stop with politicians de-training in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield for speeches and well-wishes. Northampton even had a marching band.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer

    21. Holyoke steps toward return of passenger train service with ground-breaking for $3.2 million platform

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      Holyoke steps toward return of passenger train service with ground-breaking for $3.2 million platform

      "It's exciting to see Holyoke at the center of that in Western Massachusetts," Mayor Alex B. Morse said. Shortly after, a silver Amtrak trained pulled up to the dirt lot at Main and Dwight streets, a good 10 minutes early, and out stepped U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, Gov. Deval L. Patrick and other officials. Then the officials from up and down the levels of government grabbed a shovel each and conducted the ceremonial and simultaneous tossing of dirt to signal the launch of what will be a 400-foot-long concrete platform with a canopy. Morse and a ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amtrak   Springfield

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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