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    1. Berkshire delegation says east-west rail means trains, not slower, cheaper bus service

      Berkshire delegation says east-west rail means trains, not slower, cheaper bus service

      East-west passenger rail from Boston through Worcester and Springfield should not rely on a bus link to reach Pittsfield, the Berkshire County delegation to the state Legislature reiterated this week. The five lawmakers expressed their concerns in a letter to state transportation officials Monday, one week after state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, voiced his opposition to bus links during a meeting in Springfield. Pignatelli’s remarks to the East West Passenger Rail Advisory Committee prompted applause from business and civic leaders representing the Berkshires.

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    2. MassDOT: Boston-Springfield-Pittsfield passenger rail must balance speed, cost and convenience

      MassDOT: Boston-Springfield-Pittsfield passenger rail must balance speed, cost and convenience

      A commuter train trip from Springfield to Boston could take between 80 and 105 minutes, but only if the state builds a new rail line along the MassPike and connects it to historic Springfield Union Station and Worcester Union Station. But the trip is only marginally longer — about 90 minutes to just under two hours — if new rails are built basically along the existing freight rights of way with curves straightened out, according to a Massachusetts Department of Transportation analysis released Tuesday.

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    3. Bradley Begins Construction on New Ground Transportation Center - BusinessWest

      Gov. Ned Lamont, state leaders, Connecticut Airport Authority officials, and project stakeholders held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of Bradley International Airport’s new Ground Transportation Center on July 18. “Undoubtedly, Bradley International Airport is rapidly rising in popularity and ridership, with more airlines and routes being added regularly,” Lamont said. “More and more people throughout New England are recognizing the multiple benefits this airport provides — a convenient, centralized location and growing amenities that make travel easier.

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    4. Bradley International Airport looks for local vendors to add ‘sense of place’ to terminal

      Bradley International Airport looks for local vendors to add ‘sense of place’ to terminal

      Bradley International Airport wants to highlight local businesses and is looking for vendors who want to rent kiosks in a refurbished food court within the security checkpoints in Terminal A. The offer is good to local businesses across Bradley’s service territory in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts that sell specialty retail items or fully prepared, prepackaged food, according to a news release.

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    5. Springfield’s CRRC, Philadelphia transit system agree to delay delivery of commuter rail cars

      Springfield’s CRRC, Philadelphia transit system agree to delay delivery of commuter rail cars

      CRRC MA and the Philadelphia area’s transit system have agreed to a six-month extension on the delivery deadline for 45 Springfield-built double-decker commuter rail cars, in part so welds on the car shells can be checked out. The delay became public at a meeting of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority board last week.

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    6. Trade war: will US espionage fears scupper Chinese rail group? | Financial Times

      Trade war: will US espionage fears scupper Chinese rail group? | Financial Times

      In its 19th century heyday, the city of Springfield in Massachusetts produced the first industrial assembly line, the first gasoline-powered automobile and the first sleeping rail car. Wason, one of its leading companies, made passenger coaches and streetcars for clients across the US and countries as far afield as Egypt. While Wason went out of business in the 1930s, Springfield prospered well into the 20th century before deindustrialisation forced many of its factories to close.

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    7. CTrail ridership in Springfield totals 11K after first year; Union Station welcomed 2.5 million passengers

      CTrail ridership in Springfield totals 11K after first year; Union Station welcomed 2.5 million passengers

      Ridership on CTrail’s Hartford Line trains to and from Springfield has hovered just above 1,000 passengers a month according to Union Station visitor numbers provided by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. Through its first 11 full months of operation, July 2018 through May 2019, CTrail trains have carried 11,570 people to and from Union Station in Springfield. The CTrail Hartford Line commuter rail service began operating out of the renovated terminal in June 2018.

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    8. Amtrak returns to Union Station concourse, new platform expected to open in four weeks

      Amtrak returns to Union Station concourse, new platform expected to open in four weeks

      Amtrak showed off its new ticket window Monday and checked luggage drop-off on the first floor of Union Station. The counter moves Amtrak customer service to the main concourse with the Peter Pan and Greyhound counters and vending machines selling tickets for both CTrail’s Hartford Line and its connecting Metro-North service. Amtrak is now just down the corridor from the PVTA intracity bus counter.

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    9. Governor Authorizes $200 Million in Chapter 90 Transportation Funding to Cities and Towns

      Governor Authorizes $200 Million in Chapter 90 Transportation Funding to Cities and Towns

      Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill authorizing $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds to support all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Since taking office in 2015, the Baker-Polito administration has awarded a total of $1.14 billion through the Chapter 90 formula. “Chapter 90 funding provides cities and towns with critical resources to carry out important projects like highway construction and road paving to improve local infrastructure in communities across Massachusetts,” Baker said. “We thank the Legislature for working with our administration to pass this bill and continue our support for local officials this construction season.”

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    10. Study of east-west rail connecting North Adams, Greenfield and Boston passes Massachusetts Senate

      Study of east-west rail connecting North Adams, Greenfield and Boston passes Massachusetts Senate

      As state Sen. Jo Comerford campaigned to represent Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester in the Massachusetts legislature last year, the issue of transportation connecting the state kept arising among voters. Residents in Central and Western Massachusetts spoke of an easier way to get to and from Boston. “It’s within people’s lifetimes that we had passenger service,” Comerford, a Northampton Democrat, told MassLive of the former rail service along the Route 2 corridor. The previous passenger service ran from 1875 to 1968, connecting Eastern and Western Massachusetts.

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    11. Peter Pan Charts a Route to Continued Growth

      Peter Pan Charts a Route to Continued Growth

      Peter Picknelly says the higher prices that consumers are experiencing at the gas pump are a fairly recent phenomenon, with the surge coming over the past few months or so. But in the bus business, such changes to the landscape can, and usually do, have a quick and profound impact. And Easter weekend provided ample evidence of this. “Business was up 18% over the same period a year ago — we were really busy over Easter weekend,” said Picknelly. “When gas prices go up, we see an increase in ridership, and they’ve been going up.

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    12. David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David B. Panagore, who helped guide Springfield out of a financial crisis more than a decade ago, has taken a top management position with the MBTA. Panagore has accepted the position of chief administrative officer, the transportation agency announced this week. Panagore will report to the general manager, Steve Poftak, and he will be responsible for overseeing the MBTA’s administrative and financial functions, according to a message sent to MBTA staffers. He starts May 13.

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    13. Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Cranes this week are lifting sections of precast concrete walkway onto the upper portions of Springfield Union Station for the new handicapped-accessible Platform C. Platform C couldn’t open two years ago with the rest of the refurbished Union Station because it wasn’t wide enough to meet modern handicapped accessibility rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns the station, tried but failed to get a waiver.

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    14. Bradley International Airport to host Frontier Airlines flights to Denver, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham - masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport to host Frontier Airlines flights to Denver, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham - masslive.com

      Frontier Airlines began service Thursday to and from Bradley International Airport to Denver.  The airline said it is offering fares as low as $59 one-way as a promotion at FlyFrontier.com.  Frontier will begin other flights from Bradley to Orlando International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport Apr. 30.

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    15. Beacon Hill leaders seek conversation on transportation funding - masslive.com

      Beacon Hill leaders seek conversation on transportation funding - masslive.com

      ransportation funding is back in the hot seat, with top Beacon Hill officials pledging to take a new look this year at how the state pays for its trains, buses and roads.  House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said Tuesday that “everything and anything is on the table” this year when it comes to addressing the state’s transportation needs.

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    16. Bradley International Airport grows passenger traffic 3.6 percent | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport grows passenger traffic 3.6 percent | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport had more than 6.7 million passengers in 2018, up 3.6 percent from 2017 and its sixth consecutive year of year-over-year passenger growth. The number of passengers using Bradley International Airport has increased by 23 percent over the six-year period, from 5.4 million passengers in 2013 to 6.7 passengers in 2018., according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Connecticut Airport Authority

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    17. Rail Yard tavern planned at former Debbie Wong in West Springfield

      Rail Yard tavern planned at former Debbie Wong in West Springfield

      The owners of the site of the former Debbie Wong Restaurant at 874 Memorial Ave. plan to transform it into a tavern called The Rail Yard. “It’s just sentimental for a lot of reasons. It’s part of West Springfield’s History,” said owner Lori Rindels, a West Springfield native, whose mother grew up nearby on Lowell Street. “We’re just really excited.” The property, which totals seven-tenths of an acre, abuts the massive CSX train yard. She hopes to have The Rail Yard open either just prior to or just following the nearby Big E’s annual run ...

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    18. State estimates $29.5 million to $37.8 million cost for new MassPike exit between Lee and Westfield

      State estimates $29.5 million to $37.8 million cost for new MassPike exit between Lee and Westfield

      It’ll cost between $29.5 million and $37.8 million to build new highway exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) between Exit 2 in Lee and Exit 3 in Westfield, according to recently released Massachusetts Department of Transportation cost estimates. To supporters like state Sen. Donald Humason, R-Westfield, the new exit is a chance to bring people and investment to the lagging Hilltowns and solve a nagging rush-hour traffic snarl at Exit 3.

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    19. Bradley International Airport plans construction, added flights and services in 2019 | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport plans construction, added flights and services in 2019 | masslive.com

      Bradley had more than 6 million passengers in 2018 and saw its passenger arrival and departure stats up about 3.7 percent heading into the busy holiday season.  It’ll be a busy year for the Connecticut Airport Authority and Bradley as they try to add more destinations, airlines and routes. It’s a process Dillon said he hopes will continue the good momentum from 2018. He’s also planning facility upgrades designed to add passenger comfort, increase crowd capacity and put off the need for an expensive second terminal at Bradley for as long as possible.

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    20. Springfield-built Orange Line cars get first daytime T tryout

      Springfield-built Orange Line cars get first daytime T tryout

      The T tested Springfield-built Orange Line trains for the first time Friday during regular service hours, giving Boston commuters their first glimpse of the new cars from CRRC MA.The MBTA has been testing the cars for months, said spokesman Joe Pesaturo. But Friday was the first time they were tested in between trains running with passengers aboard. The CRRC trains will start hauling passengers for the first time in early spring, Pesaturo said. The new cars ran between 10 a.m. and noon

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    21. Springfield Union Station looks to grow while driving development

      Springfield Union Station looks to grow while driving development

      Springfield Union Station will need to go to the City Council again later this year for more money to close a funding gap, said Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer. But the Springfield Redevelopment Authority says it’s working to attract more tenants and make ends meet, and that the station is already paying for itself by encouraging more development in its neighborhood just north of downtown. Peter Pan Bus Lines moved its headquarters into Union Station in 2018, clearing the way for it to sell 1776 Main St., the site of the old Springfield Bus Terminal, to ...

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