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    1. Demolition clears site for entrance to renewed Union Station in Springfield

      Demolition clears site for entrance to renewed Union Station in Springfield

      Demolition crews are wrapping up work removing an unstable parking garage on Frank B. Murray Street, making way for the new improved Springfield Union Station taking shape across the street. The property will serve as a new entrance to the planned $83 million Union Station Intermodal Transportation and Rail Center. As part of the center, the soon-to-be-vacant lot also will be the site of a surface parking lot and four bus berths. Renovations at the historic station were delayed but are on track to be completed sometime in 2015.

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    2. Transportation Secretary says state working to buy Western Mass. train tracks

      Davey said he expects all construction on all three projects, including phase one work repairing Interstate 91 near the Interstate 291 ramp, to begin in 2014 if the state Senate passes a pending authorization bill already passed by the House. That $260 million first phase also includes planning for the possibility of rebuilding the 2.5-mile stretch of highway either at or below grade. Doing so would reconnect the city to its waterfront for the first time since the highway was built in the 1960s.

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    3. Northampton wants to obtain Zipcars to ease traffic congestion and create more parking spaces

      Northampton wants to obtain Zipcars to ease traffic congestion and create more parking spaces

      In a move designed to take cars off the road and make the city more sustainable, Mayor David J. Narkewicz hopes to add to the local Zipcar inventory. Zipcars is a ride-sharing concept popularized in Europe and slowly becoming available in the United States. Members pay modest monthly dues and get a card that unlocks and starts the cars, which can then be driven at an hourly rate. Smith College introduced two Zipcars in 2006. Because of demand, that fleet has grown to six. As an incentive, the city reduced the number of parking spaces that would have been required ...

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    4. State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey talks rail, Interstate 91 viaduct

      State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey talks rail, Interstate 91 viaduct

      State Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey talked passenger rail, Interstate 91 and the Willimansett Bridge Tuesday in a wide-ranging luncheon hosted by the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce.  The event also featured remarks from state Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee.  Davey said he expects all construction on all three projects, including phase one work repairing Interstate 91 near the Interstate 291 ramp, to begin in 2014 if the state Senate passes a pending authorization bill already passed by the House. That $260 million first phase also includes planning for the possibility of rebuilding the 2.5-mile stretch of highway either at ...

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    5. Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee celebrates 40th anniversary

      Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee celebrates 40th anniversary

      This year marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation and its four industrial parks developed on land vacated by the military.  “The fear was we were going to lose all the economic spin-off that came from the 8,000 people who had lived there,” said Allan W. Blair, president of Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation.  In 1973 the military decided to convert Westover, built in 1939 as a Strategic Air Command Base, to the first free-standing Air Force Reserve base, said Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, public relations technician for Westover.

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    6. Western New England air travel options improving at Bradley

      Western New England air travel options improving at Bradley

      From Bradley International Airport in Connecticut to Worcester Regional Airport in Massachusetts, people who live, work or play in western New England have more options than ever when it comes to flying the friendly skies. In 2013, the regional airports saw a number of new direct flights making it easier for people to reach their destinations without traveling to New York or Boston's busy Logan International Airport. At Bradley, the largest commercial airport in the region, fliers can now embark on direct flights to Los Angeles, Fort Myers, Fla., and travel with new frequency to Atlanta and Tampa, Fla.

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    7. Western Mass. rail travel expansion, Springfield Union Station project, on track for 2014

      Western Mass. rail travel expansion, Springfield Union Station project, on track for 2014

      The $83 million Union Station Intermodal Transportation and Rail Center renovations in Springfield have hit some snags that caused delays and will increase the total cost, said Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer.  He said, “Everything is moving along slowly but surely.” Kennedy said he does not have the total cost of the project now, but is working to establish the figure.  He said abatement problems, such as asbestos and other issues, turned out to be quite extensive both on the roof and inside the baggage building. Now plans are for the baggage building to start to come ...

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    8. Outlook 2014: Peter Pan Bus Lines invests in new bus fleet, grows Yo! Bus Chinatown service in 2014

      Outlook 2014: Peter Pan Bus Lines invests in new bus fleet, grows Yo! Bus Chinatown service in 2014

      Peter Pan has grown its BoltBus service since 2008; Bolt caters to passengers moving from city center to city center – from an outdoor bus stop in Boston, for instance, to another outdoor stop in Philadelphia.  Aside from expanding its operations generally up and down the East Coast and from Western Massachusetts east to Boston and Cape Cod, Peter Pan has had its eye on the lucrative Chinatown urban routes.  The Chinatown routes began with street-side pick-ups and grew in popularity along with demand. So-called rogue companies proliferated but substandard safety regulations prompted accidents, and forced those vehicles off the road ...

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    9. State transportation bond proposal includes $26 million for Union Station, other projects in Springfield's North and South Ends and riverfront

      State transportation bond proposal includes $26 million for Union Station, other projects in Springfield's North and South Ends and riverfront

      The state Legislature is considering passage of a transportation bond bill that includes $26 million for Springfield projects, ranging from funds to aid redevelopment of Union Station to safety improvements along the 3.7-mile Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway.  State Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera, D-Springfield, announced this week that the House Ways and Means Committee has granted its approval for the Springfield projects, located in her district, to be included in the statewide bond bill. She is assistant vice-chairman of the committee.

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    10. Fast trains to Boston, New Haven, Montreal subject of Springfield meeting | masslive.com

      Fast trains to Boston, New Haven, Montreal subject of Springfield meeting | masslive.com

      The public hearing was held to collect input on the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative, a plan to improve intercity rail service not only east-west over the 99 miles between Springfield and Boston, but north and south serving New Haven, Springfield and Montreal. All told, the east-west and north-south routes total 470 miles, and the project could require $364.5 million.

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    11. Massachusetts, Vermont transportation officials to hold public meetings on passenger rail service along Boston-Montreal corridor

      Massachusetts, Vermont transportation officials to hold public meetings on passenger rail service along Boston-Montreal corridor

      Massachusetts and Vermont transportation officials are scheduled to hold public meetings in Springfield and White River Junction, Vt., to discuss the possibility of more frequent and higher speed passenger rail service along the Boston-Montreal corridor passing through Western Massachusetts and the Green Mountain State. The first hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hotel Coolidge, 39 S. Main St., White River Junction, followed by another meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress St., Springfield. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) are holding the sessions ...

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    12. Route 20 railroad bridge work continues with estimated completion date in August

      Route 20 railroad bridge work continues with estimated completion date in August

      Construction continues on the new, higher dry bridge over the CSX rail line on Route 20 here continues with traffic using a nearby temporary bridge.  The project is scheduled to be completed in August, said Michael Verseckes, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.  The $6.5 million bridge is part of a larger $25.8 million state-funded railway access project that has made it possible for efficient double-stacked freight trains to pass through Massachusetts, according to the transportation agency.  The project also includes replacement of five other bridges located on Summit Road in Richmond, Middlefield and Baystate Road in ...

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    13. Gov. Deval Patrick details $12B transportation plan - Boston Business Journal

      Gov. Deval Patrick details $12B transportation plan - Boston Business Journal

      Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday detailed a five-year capital investment plan that would see the state spend $12.4 billion for bridge and road reconstruction as well as improvements to rail and transit infrastructure.  The announcement, which addressed billions in projects and improvements to properties owned by the Bay State's regional airports, the MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities, and regional airports, marked the first time that Patrick or transportation officials had specified how proceeds from a proposed $12.1 billion transportation bond bill would be spent.

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    14. Talk of high-speed rail between Springfield and Boston heats up; meeting next

      Talk of high-speed rail between Springfield and Boston heats up; meeting next

      Gov. Deval Patrick has voiced his support for the Inland Route project in the last few years. Just last week, the governor’s administration unveiled a five-year, $12.4 billion capital investment plan that calls for $249 million to improve freight systems along critical rail corridors. Included in this funding are the Inland Route and Knowledge Corridor projects. Additionally, when he unveiled a $1 billion transportation bond bill in the fall of 2012, Patrick called for $362.4 million over 10 years for the project.

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    15. Plane Speaking | BusinessWest

      Plane Speaking | BusinessWest

      Fran Ahern acknowledged that the analogy isn’t perfect, but, for the most part, it works, and it helps him effectively tell the story of one of the region’s least-known — and least-understood — business success stories.
      “We’re a service center for airplanes,” said Ahern, general manager of Gulfstream’s sprawling operation at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield. He would go on to draw a number of loose comparisons between his operation and the corner garage or auto dealership where one might bring their Buick for new tires, a tuneup, or an inspection sticker.

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    16. Bradley seeks longer reach in 2014

      Bradley seeks longer reach in 2014

      North Carolina. Ohio. California. Europe.The Connecticut Airport Authority has some lofty destination goals in 2014 for Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. All those goals might not be realized next year, but the authority will be well on the way to fulfilling them, said CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon.

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    17. Interstate 91 project announced by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is only 1 step toward getting the highway out of view

      Interstate 91 project announced by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is only 1 step toward getting the highway out of view

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced $200 million Tuesday to replace a section of the Interstate 91 viaduct downtown, but that 2.5-year project is only one step toward getting the highway sunken from view.  'This, as you all know, is a project that is desperately needed for safety reasons and reasons of access,' Patrick said Tuesday during a luncheon hosted by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield at the Springfield Marriott. 'But how it is done is going to mean a lot to the city of Springfield.'

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    18. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to unveil $200 million appropriation to replace decks on I-91 in Springfield

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to unveil $200 million appropriation to replace decks on I-91 in Springfield

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick today is scheduled to announce that he will approve $200 million for replacing decks on an elevated and deteriorating section of Interstate 91 in Springfield and that construction will begin in a year on the project.  During a speech before the Associated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Patrick is expected to announce the $200 million in state money for replacing decks and also $1.225 million in state funds to create a permanent place for the Camp STAR Angelina day camp for children and young adults at Forest Park in Springfield.

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    19. Bradley International Airport adds parking programs for frequent fliers | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport adds parking programs for frequent fliers | masslive.com

      Two programs have gone into effect at Bradley International Airport making it easier to park there, courtesy of the Connecticut Airport Authority and Standard Parking Inc., the parking operator.  The first program is a new “Frequent Parker Program” called “Auto-Pilot Rewards.” It started on Oct. 1, and already, more than 500 customers have enrolled.

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    20. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority seeks $70 million to build new bus operations and maintenance facility in Springfield

      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority seeks $70 million to build new bus operations and maintenance facility in Springfield

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is seeking about $70 million in state money to construct a new operations and maintenance facility in Springfield for its fleet of vans and buses.  The proposed 308,840-square-foot facility would be built on 18 industrially-zoned acres at 665 Cottage St. in Springfield. It would be a major upgrade from the current outdated, cramped operations and storage building at 2840 Main St. in Springfield, according to Mary L. MacInnes, administrator of the authority, which provides public transportation for 24 communities.

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