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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. As Worcester's Union Station struggles financially, Springfield officials strive for self-sufficient project

      As Worcester's Union Station struggles financially, Springfield officials strive for self-sufficient project

      While Worcester's Union Station has been operating with deficits since it reopened in 2000, including a reported $649,702 city subsidy needed this fiscal year, Springfield officials say the Union Station project here is geared to avoid any such significant losses. Both Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, and Christopher Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, said there is a concerted, ongoing effort to maximize revenues for the Springfield station and keep future operational expenses as low as possible. The authority, which serves as the urban redevelopment agency for Springfield, owns Union Station and will ...

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    20. CRRC Springfield plant might do train car maintenance for MBTA, too

      CRRC Springfield plant might do train car maintenance for MBTA, too

      Besides supplying new subway cars for the MBTA, the gargantuan CRRC MA rail car factory nearing completion in East Springfield might get work doing heavy maintenance on cars for the T, according to the state's transportation secretary. The T is digging itself out of a $7 billion differed maintenance hole and has no interest in climbing back down under a pile of breaking equipment anytime soon, Secretary Stephanie Pollack told reporters and editors at The Republican and MassLive during an hour-long meeting Wednesday.

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    21. Here is what the new Red Line cars being built in Springfield will look like

      Here is what the new Red Line cars being built in Springfield will look like

      The MBTA on Monday released an image of what the new Red Line cars, which will be manufactured in Springfield, are expected to look like. A manufacturing plant in Springfield is building the Red Line cars, along with Orange Line cars. The Chinese-owned rail company CRRC is building the Springfield facility, which is scheduled to start producing the cars in April 2018. CRRC won a $565 million contract to build 152 new Orange Line cars and 132 Red Line cars in the Springfield plant, which will be the company's North American headquarters.

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    22. Norwegian Air Shuttle eyes Bradley flights to Europe

      Norwegian Air Shuttle eyes Bradley flights to Europe

       Norwegian Air Shuttle wants to start offering discount flights from Bradley International Airport to Europe. Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, said Thursday that Bradley and the CAA are in talks with Norwegian, as well as with a number of other airlines. But he can't confirm a start date for the Norwegian service. "We are talking to a lot of carriers. We are looking to increase the route map and increase the number of seats on existing routes," Dillon said. About 6 million travelers have passed through Bradley in 2016. Dillon hopes to grow that number ...

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    23. Bradley International Airport opens Escape Lounge, a premium lounge available to all travelers | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport opens Escape Lounge, a premium lounge available to all travelers | masslive.com

      Escape Lounge, Bradley International Airport's foray into first-class lounges, is open.  Escape Lounge is meant to be similar to the posh first-class lounges airlines offer at major hubs around the world, according to a press release, and is available to all passengers. The Bradley Escape Lounge goes with Bradley's reintroduction of transatlantic flights with new nonstop Aer Lingus service to Dublin, Ireland, that started in September.

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    24. Here's what the new Orange Line cars being built in Springfield look like

      Here's what the new Orange Line cars being built in Springfield look like

      The MBTA on Monday released images of the new Orange Line cars, set to be manufactured in Springfield by the CRRC MA Corporation. CRRC MA Corp., a Chinese-owned rail company, has a contract to make 284 rail cars: 152 for the Orange Line and 132 for the Red Line. State and company officials broke ground on the subway car factory in September 2015.

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