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

      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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    2. $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

      $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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    3. Springfield Union Station: Can New Haven's transit-connnected development be

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

      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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    5. 220 mph train to Boston? Long Island-Connecticut tunnel? Feds discuss plans for Northeast rail line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      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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    16. Agawam architects to design transit pavilion

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

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

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

      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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    20. Transit Transformation | BusinessWest

      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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    21. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal plan tour of Union Station to update progress of $65 million project

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal plan tour of Union Station to update progress of $65 million project

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, of Springfield, plan to tour the progress being made on the reconstruction of Union Station. Also attending will be Springfield Redevelopment Authority Director Christopher Moskal. The trio hosted a previous tour in June 2012. The event is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the station on Frank B. Murray Street.

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    22. Rail service dream needs to become reality in time for Interstate 91 viaduct construction

      Rail service dream needs to become reality in time for Interstate 91 viaduct construction

      Timothy Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, has floated a proposal to use those transportation funds to rehabilitate the locomotives and passenger cars needed in order to run commuter trains from Greenfield to Springfield five times a day during the viaduct construction project. Brennan also believes there’s a future for rail service in New England: Seniors and 20-somethings are less interested in cars than those in their middle age, he says, and both younger and older adults find train travel attractive for different reasons. Some companies, he said, in congested metropolitan areas allow their employees to ...

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    23. MassDOT announces elimination of existing MassPike toll rate structure, offers savings for Western and Central Mass. drivers

      MassDOT announces elimination of existing MassPike toll rate structure, offers savings for Western and Central Mass. drivers

      As Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials prepare to embrace all-electronic tolling in 2016, state transportation officials announced Wednesday a new toll structure that will save some drivers in Western and Central Massachusetts money. With the new, all-electronic tolling system, drivers will no longer pay by E-ZPass transponder or cash as they exit, but rather while they drive. Tolls will be collected electronically either through a motorist’s E-ZPass or via a program in which a camera captures the license plate and the vehicle’s registered owner is billed by mail.

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    24. Bradley International Airport: Old Terminal B to come down in August | masslive

      Bradley International Airport: Old Terminal B to come down in August | masslive

      The outdated Terminal B building at Bradley International Airport will be demolished starting in August to make way for a new $250 million ground transportation center with consolidated car rentals, bus docks and the potential to connect with regional commuter rail, said Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority.  Dillon updated members of New England's Knowledge Corridor Partnership Friday during the group's annual State of the Region Conference at the Airport Sheraton.

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