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    1. Rep. Seth Moulton: Boston rail project would benefit Springfield

      Rep. Seth Moulton: Boston rail project would benefit Springfield

      U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, a major booster of a proposed rail link between Boston's two major train hubs, is arguing that the project will also be good for Springfield. Moulton, in an interview with The Republican after an unrelated event in Boston, tried to distinguish between the North-South rail link proposal to connect Boston's North Station and South Station and the Big Dig -- the massive Boston highway project plagued by cost overruns and design flaws.

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    2. Grand opening celebration for Springfield's Union Station planned for June

      Grand opening celebration for Springfield's Union Station planned for June

      In a brief ceremony Thursday morning in the great hall of Union Station, Judy Matt, president of the Spirit of Springfield, announced the building's rebirth is planned with a gala celebration on Saturday, June 24 from 6-11 p.m. Joining Matt in making the announcement were an array of government , media, and business leaders including Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, MGM Springfield President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Matthis, Maura McCaffrey, president and chief executive officer of Health New England, and William Pepin, president and general manager for WWLP-22 News

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    3. Springfield seeks bids on long-distance bus service at Union Station

      Springfield seeks bids on long-distance bus service at Union Station

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority issued a formal request for proposals Monday seeking qualified intercity bus carriers to operate long-distance service from the soon-to-reopen Union Station. Negotiations continue with Springfield's own Peter Pan Bus Lines, said Springfield Chief Economic Development Officer Kevin Kennedy. "We don't have an agreement," Kennedy said. The RFP announcement requires interested parties to respond by 2 p.m. April 28. The RFP doesn't mean the city and the Redevelopment Authority will never reach a deal to bring Peter Pan into Union Station. The bus company now operates out of the Peter Pan-owned Peter L ...

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    4. New train deals mean more work, workers for Crrc Ma Springfield plant

      New train deals mean more work, workers for Crrc Ma Springfield plant

      CRRC's recently announced deals to manufacture rail and transit cars for Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and a pending deal to make cars for the New York City subway, mean more work -- and more workers -- for its Springfield plant. "We are going to have to do a lot of things much faster than we had planed on doing them," said Mark J. Smith, the plant's general manager. "A lot of things are happening very quickly."

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    5. Dietz & Company Architects moving to Springfield Union Station

      Dietz & Company Architects moving to Springfield Union Station

      Kerry L. Dietz, owner and principal of Dietz & Company Architects, announced Tuesday that the company, the largest architecture firm in the region, will move into Union Station from offices nearby at 17 Hampden St., also in downtown Springfield. "We thank Kerry Dietz for her long-term commitment to being part of downtown Springfield and being a pioneer at Springfield Union Station," said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno in a press release. "Her company does outstanding work throughout New England and we are so happy she is continuing to do that work right here in Springfield."

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    6. MassDOT to host public meeting set on Interstate 91 viaduct progress

      MassDOT to host public meeting set on Interstate 91 viaduct progress

      MassDOT has scheduled another public meeting to update the public on the ongoing $183.3 million rehab of Interstate 91 in Springfield. The meeting will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the MassLive Building - 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1350 Main Street, Springfield. MassDOT has hosted these meetings roughly every three months since work began. MassDOT says the Interstate 91 project is now three months ahead of its original schedule. The original schedule had the highway completely reopening in August 2018.

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    7. Springfield CRRC plant gets $137.5M Philly train car job

      Springfield CRRC plant gets $137.5M Philly train car job

      The CRRC plant now under construction in East Springfield was awarded a deal Thursday to build 45 train cars for SEPTA, Philadelphia's transit system, for $137.5 million. The deal includes an option for SEPTA to buy 10 more cars for another $23.5 million, according to a report on Philly.com, the online home of the Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.  The cars are expected to arrive in Philadelphia in 2019. They'll be double-deckers, adding about 6,000 seats to SEPTA's busiest commuter rail lines.

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    8. Take a tour of the model of the new MBTA Orange Line cars being built in Springfield (video)

      Take a tour of the model of the new MBTA Orange Line cars being built in Springfield (video)

      MBTA officials allowed a peek at what the new MBTA Orange Line cars will look like once they start rolling into Boston in two to three years. The MBTA's Mark DeVitto walked MassLive.com through a mock up of the new Orange Line car, showing the design picked out by the public, new security cameras inside the car, wider doors and other measures designed to improve the safety of the line. CRRC MA, a Chinese-owned company, is building the frames of the cars and then shipping them over to a Springfield, Mass. factory for completion and delivery.

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    9. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gets up close look at MBTA train cars set to be built in...

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker gets up close look at MBTA train cars set to be built in...

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is getting an up close look at the new MBTA Orange Line cars. Baker is scheduled to see a model on Tuesday. The model came via cargo ship from China and is sitting in Medford's Wellington Yard. The Chinese-owned firm CRRC MA is building the cars inside a $95 million subway car factory in Springfield. The company has a contract with Massachusetts to build 152 Orange Line cars and 252 Red Line cars, and is seeking contracts with other US transit agencies. Transporation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Acting MBTA General Manager Brain Shortsleeve and MBTA Chief ...

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    10. PVTA plans to cut hundreds of bus stops in Springfield

      PVTA plans to cut hundreds of bus stops in Springfield

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority has exactly 814 stops in the city of Springfield -- and that's about twice as many as an intracity bus line needs to have in a city this size. So, with a plan that's been in the works for months but is now in front of the City Council, the transit authority hopes to cut the number of Springfield stops by more than 45 percent, to just 442. The move, said outgoing PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes, will bring some rationality to a transit layout where some stops are just 400 feet apart.

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    11. After 4 decades and $95 million renovation, grand opening date set for Springfield's Union Station

      After 4 decades and $95 million renovation, grand opening date set for Springfield's Union Station

      The general public will get its first chance in four decades to visit Springfield Union Station at a pair of special events in June.

      There will be a black tie gala celebrating the rebirth of Union Station on Saturday, June 24. An Open House for the public is scheduled to take place the next day, Sunday, June 25.  Built in 1926, Union Station closed in the 1970s. But it will soon reopen following a massive overhaul. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, hosted a walk through of the refurbished station for media members Monday afternoon. "I have always been a ...

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    12. Amid ongoing negotiations, Peter Picknelly confirms plan to move Peter Pan into Springfield's Union Station

      Amid ongoing negotiations, Peter Picknelly confirms plan to move Peter Pan into Springfield's Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will probably partially demolish and then completely remodel its bus terminal on Main Street as part of a series of moves made possible by the opening of Springfield Union Station and the redevelopment of Court Square. "It will look like a whole new building," said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines of the bus station his father opened April 1, 1969. "I can't say too much right now about the new use coming in."

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    13. Walk-through set for Springfield Union Station as grand opening approaches

      Walk-through set for Springfield Union Station as grand opening approaches

      Springfield will host events in June celebrating the reopening of Union Station after more than four decades decay. And U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who's been working to refurbish and reopen Union Station since his first run for city council, plans to detail those celebrations Monday afternoon during a media walk-through of the facility on Frank B. Murray Street on the northern edge of the Springfield's downtown business district. The tour begins at 2 p.m. Construction on the $95-million rehab effort began in 2014. Workers demolished a baggage warehouse to make room for bus berths. A ...

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    14. Sen. Eric Lesser meets with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to discuss high-speed rail

      Sen. Eric Lesser meets with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to discuss high-speed rail

      State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, met with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Thursday as part of Lesser's push to establish high-speed rail between Boston and Springfield. "I am glad we have allies in Connecticut who understand the power of regional transportation to transform our economies," Lesser said in a statement. "East-west rail will be a victory not only for Massachusetts but for our region, including Connecticut, and we have built broad regional support for this proposal." Connecticut has been working to develop commuter rail service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield.

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    15. Norwegian Air to offer flights from Bradley to Scotland | masslive.com

      Norwegian Air to offer flights from Bradley to Scotland | masslive.com

      Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Express plans to offer flights from Bradley International Airport to Edinburgh, Scotland, with introductory fares as low as $65 one way.
      Norwegian Air is the second transatlantic carrier to expand to Bradley in the past year. In September, Aer Lingus started flying nonstop between Bradley and Dublin, returning European service to the Knowledge Corridor region of Massachusetts and Connecticut for the first time since Northwest scrapped its Amsterdam flights in 2008.

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    16. I-91 Viaduct Project Will Provide Concrete Benefits

      I-91 Viaduct Project Will Provide Concrete Benefits

      In May 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation signed a $148 million contract with the Joint Venture of JF White-Schiavone to overhaul the 1-91 viaduct in Springfield. The project is immense in scope, and although it has inconvenienced drivers, especially during peak hours, it is ahead of schedule and brings concrete benefits for the local economy and area businesses that manufacture or provide products needed for the repair and reconstruction of the 45-year-old section of highway.

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    17. Bradley International hopes to grow to a 10 million-passenger airport

      Bradley International hopes to grow to a 10 million-passenger airport

      Bradley International Airport saw more than 6 million passengers in 2016 and could grow to 10 million passengers annually within the next few years, according to Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. That's with or without the addition of casino gambling, a proposal that seems to have stalled for the airport, which is located about a half-hour's drive south of Springfield, where the MGM Springfield casino is under construction. Bradley had just under 5 million arriving and departing passengers in 2015. The increase reflects not only more people on existing flights but also new flights ...

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    18. Make Springfield-Boston rail a priority, says Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

      Make Springfield-Boston rail a priority, says Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

      Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a supporter of passenger rail in his state, is now advocating for enhanced rail service from from Springfield through Worcester and onto Boston."Improved transportation connections will only strengthen our communities and increase economic growth significantly," Malloy wrote in a Jan. 30 letter to Massachusetts Gov. Charley Baker. "It is my hope that Massachusetts will consider adding this vital link for the Knowledge Corridor to Hartford, New Haven and New York City with frequent and reliable service to Boston."

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    19. Springfield factory, still under construction, on track to supply nation's rail cars

      Springfield factory, still under construction, on track to supply nation's rail cars

      With 204,000 square feet of space -- that's more than three and a half football fields -- the massive CRRC rail car manufacturing plant nearing completion on Page Boulevard in East Springfield is the largest industrial development the city has seen in generations. And the Chinese executives planning the $95 million facility say they hope to someday build a second and similarly sized plant right next to it if demand for transit, light rail and intercity rail passenger cars in North America is as strong as they expect it to become. Jia Bo, CRRC MA vice president, casually mentioned that ...

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    20. Springfield's Union Station preps to reopen after 4 decades dormant

      Springfield's Union Station preps to reopen after 4 decades dormant

      Ask U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal about Springfield's Union Station and he's likely to tell of being brought there as a little boy to get an ice cream treat at the soda fountain. Even though the glory years of train travel had likely faded by that point, Neal remembers how busy the station was, with travelers and employees rushing to meet trains, hauling baggage or dropping off and picking up packages. It was the shopping mall of its day, with a barber shop and a newsstand. It was, as he reminds visitors, where most visitors got their ...

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    21. Bradley International Airport Escape Lounge

      Bradley International Airport Escape Lounge

      As you know, we are pleased to have recently opened a new lounge at Bradley International Airport. Escape Lounge Bradley is a common-use airport lounge, which means that you can utilize the lounge for a daily fee without needing to travel on any particular airline, use a specific credit card, or be a member of any special frequent flyer program. Lounge access includes complimentary food and beverage, high-speed WiFi, and a comfortable, relaxing environment away from the busy terminal complex. Escape Lounge Bradley is open to all and works with corporate travel bookers and regular business travelers, offering preferential rates ...

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    22. Springfield officials reveal first 3 businesses to sign leases for $94 million renovated Union Station

      Springfield officials reveal first 3 businesses to sign leases for $94 million renovated Union Station

      Dunkin' Donuts, Subway sandwiches and a Commuter Variety newsstand shop are the first three retail tenants committed to opening in Springfield's Union Station. Union Station is expected to open in April. City officials from the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Union Station booster U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal made the announcement Thursday after taking a group of veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers' Home on a tour of the recently rehabilitated station.

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    23. Federal Rail Administration open house in Springfield invites public to learn about new...

      Federal Rail Administration open house in Springfield invites public to learn about new...

      A Federal Rail Administration (FRA) open house held in Springfield on Wednesday allowed the public to come out and learn about plans for an updated rail system. Held at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission on Congress Street, the primary reason for the open house was to give the public access to information about the NEC FUTURE program--a federal plan to update aging infrastructure and expand rail services in the northeastern corridor. Information boards were laid out explaining the various aspects of the proposed rail plan, and members of the FRA were also present to answer questions from the public about ...

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    24. Bradley International Airport adds Spirit Airlines flights to South Carolina, Florida

      Bradley International Airport adds Spirit Airlines flights to South Carolina, Florida

      Ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines announced Wednesday that it will begin nonstop service from Bradley International Airport to three locations in the South Atlantic states. Starting April 27, Spirit Airlines will offer nonstop service between Bradley and Orlando International Airport in Florida and Myrtle Beach International Airport in South Carolina. Spirit will also commence daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport June 15.

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