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    1. East-West rail study's inclusion in MassDOT plan a 'major breakthrough,' Sen. Eric Lesser...

      East-West rail study's inclusion in MassDOT plan a 'major breakthrough,' Sen. Eric Lesser...

      On Friday, MassDOT released a draft of its 2018 rail plan, which among other priorities includes a feasibility study of expanded rail service between Springfield and Boston -- a priority for Lesser which has faced roadblocks each time he has introduced it on Beacon Hill. "Given the lack of consensus on the appropriate type of service to pursue between Western Massachusetts and Boston, as well as a lack of full understanding of the costs and impacts of a higher speed service, further study is necessary," the rail plan says. "This study, at the direction of MassDOT, will address more than ridership ...

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    2. CTrail: How New Haven to Springfield line will work, cost to build it, ticket prices, train schedules and its MBTA connection

      CTrail: How New Haven to Springfield line will work, cost to build it, ticket prices, train schedules and its MBTA connection
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    3. New MassDOT plan includes East-West rail study, after years of legislative struggle

      New MassDOT plan includes East-West rail study, after years of legislative struggle

      A newly-released draft of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's 2018 rail plan includes a proposal to study ways to connect Boston and Springfield with passenger rail, following a years-long struggle by Longmeadow Sen. Eric Lesser and other Western Mass. legislators to pass such a study through the State House. In the plan, MassDOT has designated East-West rail as a Tier 2 project -- one meriting further study. The rail plan says that MassDOT will examine both conventional rail service proposed by a multi-state study in 2016 and higher-speed options.

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    4. CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      CRRC to start production of MBTA cars in Springfield in 2018

      Technicians at the Great Boston transit system's rail yard are test driving Springfield's future. The prototype Orange Line cars represent a step toward greater reliability and frequency of service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. What's more, the cars carry with them the hopes CRRC, the largest manufacturer of railroad rolling stock in the world, holds for expanding into the North American market. The prototype cars going through "dynamic" -- meaning moving -- testing this month at the MBTA's Wellington station in Medford were built by CRRC in China.

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    5. Palmer touts electric vehicle charging stations near Mass. Pike

      Palmer touts electric vehicle charging stations near Mass. Pike

      Drivers of electric vehicles now have an oasis in Palmer. State officials joined municipal leaders Wednesday to unveil two electric vehicle charging stations in town that drivers may use free of charge. Officials say the stations fill a gap along the Massachusetts Turnpike and will encourage people to use zero-emissions vehicles. Meanwhile, town employees now are using electric vehicles for inspections and other town business. Palmer received state grants totaling $142,240 to buy the two Chevy Bolts as well as buy and install the two ChargePoint dual-head charging stations, said Planning Director Linda Leduc.

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    6. MassDOT: $1B Invested in Infrastructure in 2017 - BusinessWest

      The Mass. Department of Transportation announced that approximately $1 billion was invested in improving and upgrading roads, bridges, sidewalks, multi-use paths, and intersections across the state in calendar year 2017.  Among the notable construction project highlights from 2017 include is reaching the full beneficial use milestone for the $148 million I-91 Viaduct Rehabilitation Project in Springfield approximately eight months ahead of schedule. The majority of the work has now been completed and the lanes and ramps on I-91 have reopened.

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    7. MBTA gets first CRRC Orange Line test car; production to begin at Springfield plant in April

      MBTA gets first CRRC Orange Line test car; production to begin at Springfield plant in April

      The first CRRC-built prototype Orange Line subway car arrived at the MBTA on Wednesday, the greater Boston transit agency announced in a tweet. This car was built in China, but when regular production of the Orange Line and Red Line subway cars begins, probably in April, the cars will be assembled in Springfield.

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    8. Springfield-New Haven rail line debuting in 2018 topic of talk at Springfield Library

      Springfield-New Haven rail line debuting in 2018 topic of talk at Springfield Library

      Potential passengers or those who are simply curious can learn more about CTrail, the commuter passenger train service the Connecticut Department of Transportation will launch next year, at a talk on Wednesday evening. The rail advocacy organization Trains In The Valley is sponsoring the talk by Hartford Line project manager John E. Bernick on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Central Library. Trains In the Valley is asking people to register at trainsinthevalley.eventbrite.com.

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      Mentions: Amtrak Springfield
    9. Bradley International Airport Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler

      Bradley International Airport Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that Condé Nast Traveler has released the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and Bradley International Airport has been recognized as the fifth-best airport in the U.S. with a score of 82.35. “We are very proud to have earned this prestigious recognition, and we thank not only the many travelers who voted for us, but all of the millions of passengers who choose Bradley for their travel needs on an annual basis,” said CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon. “This distinguished award from the travel community is a testament to our ...

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    10. Springfield's Union Station wins national environmental award for brownfield redevelopment

      Springfield's Union Station wins national environmental award for brownfield redevelopment

      The Phoenix Awards Institute has recognized Springfield Union Station as the best example of brownfield redevelopment in the county for 2017. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, the driving force behind the station's $95-million rehabilitation into a modern intermodal transportation hub, gathered Monday with city officials to celebrate the award. The Phoenix Awards were announced at the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

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    11. Union Station getting busy with fast food, rental car service and more open for business (photos)

      Union Station getting busy with fast food, rental car service and more open for business (photos)

      Dietz & Co. Architects is doing business in 8,000 square feet of office space on an upper floor of Union Station. And downstairs, Sixt Rental Car, a Subway sandwich shop, Dunkin' Donuts, Commuter Variety newsstand, Peter Pan Bus Lines, Greyhound, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority and a few retail kiosks fill up some of the a available retail space. There is more space available and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority is showing the property to prospective tenants. Peter Picknelly of Peter Pan Bus Lines said he's working on deals to bring both the company's offices and a branch of ...

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    12. The Connecticut Airport Authority Announcement

      The Connecticut Airport Authority Announcement

      The Connecticut Airport Authority is proud to announce that, after a year of major developments, Bradley International Airport has been rated as the 5th best airport in the nation in the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. The highly regarded travel magazine recently completed its 30th annual reader survey, which incorporated ratings from over 300,000 travelers.

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    13. CTrail announces proposed fares for Springfield-New Haven trains

      CTrail announces proposed fares for Springfield-New Haven trains

      Under a set of proposed fares released Monday, it would cost $12.75 for a one-way ticket from Springfield to New Haven on the new CTrail commuter train service that begins in May 2018. The short hop to Windsor Locks would cost $4, according to the rate schedule released by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. When the CTrail Hartford Line service launches, 12 round-trip trains will operate daily from Springfield to New Haven, nine on weekends. Tickets bought on board the trains will be a little more expensive. But there are discounts for weekly passes, as well as 10-trip ticket ...

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    14. CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars

      CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars

      CRRC, which is nearing completion on its 204,000-square-foot rail car factory in East Springfield, will ship the first four prototype Orange Line MBTA cars from China to Boston Nov. 18. The cars will leave via the Port of Shanghai and arrive at the Hub in December -- the first of the 404 Orange and Red line cars CRRC plans to build for the Boston-area subway in the next few years.

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    15. Business leaders say enhanced rail service will boost industry and quality of life in Western Mass. & Connecticut

      Business leaders say enhanced rail service will boost industry and quality of life in Western Mass. & Connecticut

      Ninety percent of business leaders in the bi-state Springfield and Hartford region say the soon-to-begin New Haven to Springfield CTrail commuter train service will benefit their enterprise. Many of those businesses, 41 percent, say the most important benefit will be to bring them the skilled workers they need. Nearly half, 49, percent said the service will benefit the region's quality-of-life. This is according to the Hartford New Haven Business Survey unveiled Wednesday by New England's Knowledge Corridor.

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    16. Bradley International named 5th best airport in the U.S. | masslive.com

      Bradley International named 5th best airport in the U.S. | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport has been named the fifth best airport in the U.S. with a score of 82.35 by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.  'We are very proud to have earned this prestigious recognition, and we thank not only the many travelers who voted for us, but all of the millions of passengers who choose Bradley for their travel needs on an annual basis,' said Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon on Tuesday. 'This distinguished award from the travel community is a testament to our continuous growth and commitment to top-quality customer service at Bradley ...

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    17. Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February

      Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February

      Promising modern MBTA subway cars and more frequent service on the Orange and Red lines, Gov. Charlie Baker toured the nearly completed CRRC MA rail car factory here on Thursday afternoon. "These cars can't get here fast enough," Baker said after walking through the mammoth production floor and meeting with newly trained workers. "We have a lot of work to do on our public transit systems. That includes our tracks, switches, station and yes, it includes these cars."

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    18. How much did your community get? State transportation grants to rural Western...

      How much did your community get? State transportation grants to rural Western...

      The Baker administration on Tuesday announced that it was awarding $8.5 million in grants for infrastructure projects in 10 rural towns. The grants came through MassWorks, a grant program that funds local infrastructure. Each year, 10 percent of grants are reserved for transportation and roadway projects in small towns, those with fewer than 7,000 inhabitants. Many of these projects are in Western Massachusetts. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack said in a statement, “These grants will renew critical local infrastructure which connects our residents and visitors in rural communities to the education resources, hospitals, and the good and vital ...

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    19. See the new MBTA Orange Line cars in action in China

      See the new MBTA Orange Line cars in action in China

      The MBTA on Tuesday released footage of the new MBTA Orange Line train cars in action.

      The short video from the MBTA showed pilot train cars rolling down a track in Changchun, China.

      CRRC, which is building a $95 million factory in East Springfield, is based in Changchun.

      Hundreds of train cars are expected to be made at the facility in Springfield. The company plans to build subway cars for Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

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    20. As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility

      As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility

      With the start of subway car production at CRRC MA's massive new factory in East Springfield just months away, Gov. Charlie Baker and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno are set to tour the facility. They'll be at the factory, a $95 million behemoth nearing completion at the old Westinghouse site on Interstate 291, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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    21. Rail projects in Holyoke, Ware funded by state industrial freight access program

      Rail projects in Holyoke, Ware funded by state industrial freight access program

      Two projects in Holyoke and one in Ware are among several around the state that will receive funding from the state Industrial Rail Access Program. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation released a list this week of eight grant projects totaling $3 million. To qualify, each project must by matched with at least 40 percent private sector money, according to the news release.

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    22. Holyoke and Ware receive over $1M to expand industrial rail and freight access

      Holyoke and Ware receive over $1M to expand industrial rail and freight access

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday, eight industrial freight grants totaling over $3 million as part of the 2017 Industrial Rail Access Program awards. The awards program supports projects that improve or expand rail or freight access, economic opportunity and job growth. “This unique program supports economic development and job growth across the Commonwealth by expanding and improving access to the rail infrastructure so important to the success of our employers,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement. “Freight rail shipping is a priority for the competitiveness of companies large and small, connecting their sites and products to ...

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    23. With Springfield factory nearing completion, China's CRRC readies first prototype T cars for shipment to Boston

      With Springfield factory nearing completion, China's CRRC readies first prototype T cars for shipment to Boston

      CRRC will unveil the first prototype subway cars it's building for Boston's MBTA on Oct. 16 at its factory in Changchun, China. The unveiling will trumpet the cars as CRRC's first entry into the North American market despite being the world's largest manufacturer of railway cars. The company has built vehicles and even whole transit systems elsewhere around the world. The ceremony comes as contractors finish work on CRRC's factory in the East Springfield neighborhood that will make all the production models and fulfill CRRC's orders from the T totaling 524 rail cars.

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    24. Peter Pan Bus Lines touts investment, expansion after Greyhound split

      Peter Pan Bus Lines touts investment, expansion after Greyhound split

      Peter Pan Bus Lines has doubled its route miles, hired more workers and spent $13 million on new buses after ending its partnership with rival Greyhound. "We are back to our complete independence," said Peter Picknelly, chairman of Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines. Peter Pan and Greyhound announced in August that they were ending their cooperative agreement after nearly 19 years. The two bus lines had worked together servicing routes and sold tickets to each others buses.

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