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    1. American Airlines to offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport to Los Angeles | masslive.com

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      American Airlines to offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport to Los Angeles | masslive.com

      American Airlines will offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport here to Los Angeles International, or LAX, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Wednesday afternoon.  Tickets don't go on sale until Tuesday and fare information was unavailable. Service begins June 2 using 150-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.  Bradley International Airport reported 2.72 million passengers boarding in calendar year 2015, that's up 1.4 percent from the 2.68 million passenger departures in calendar year 2014.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Boeing   Dannel Malloy

    2. As Springfield's Union Station renovation progresses, Pioneer Valley cities, towns call for more train service | masslive.com

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      As Springfield's Union Station renovation progresses, Pioneer Valley cities, towns call for more train service | masslive.com

      Christopher J. Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority which owns the depot, said planners expect it to draw 5 million rail and bus passengers a year in its first year of operation, a number that could swell to 8 million or more with more service.  Union Station will offer both intercity buses run by PVTA and intercity bus service by Peter Pan Bus Lines and others, Moskal said.
      Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, said state and federal governments spent $125 million purchasing and upgrading the 'Knowledge Corridor' rail line along the Connecticut ...

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield   Northampton

    3. Builders Benefit from a Boom in Auto-dealership Construction

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      Builders Benefit from a Boom in Auto-dealership Construction

      Balise has been renovating and expanding in the area, most recently with a new Hyundai dealership on Columbus Avenue in Springfield, but with several new facilities over the past decade. Meanwhile, the Lia Auto Group has built and renovated new stores across the Pioneer Valley, as have TommyCar Auto Group in Hampshire and Franklin counties, Sarat Ford Lincoln in Agawam, Marcotte Ford in Holyoke, and Fathers & Sons in West Springfield, just to name a few.  “Part of it is the growth of the industry,” added Eric Forish, president of Forish Construction in Westfield, one of the region’s leading builders ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. Next Phase of Viaduct Project Will Usher in Traffic Congestion

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      Next Phase of Viaduct Project Will Usher in Traffic Congestion

      At a recent public meeting about the massive, ongoing I-91 viaduct project, attendees were able to view a yellowed page from the Springfield Daily News featuring an aerial shot of the viaduct slicing through the downtown in 1970. The headline: “I-91 Linkup Provides Access to a Bright City Future.”  That was a long time ago, said Richard Masse, acting director for Mass. Department of Transportation (DOT) Region 2.  “It’s been 45 years,” he told BusinessWest. “We’re way beyond the road being reliable. We shouldn’t have to come out and patch holes, but we’ve been doing that ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    5. Interstate 91 viaduct study meeting could set long-term future for highway | masslive.com

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      Interstate 91 viaduct study meeting could set long-term future for highway | masslive.com

      Massachusetts' Department of Transportation has scheduled its first public information meeting for the state's long-term study of the future of the Interstate 91 viaduct in downtown Springfield.  This meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Mahogany Room, 2nd Floor, Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, One Monarch Place, Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    6. Cost of expanded New Haven-to-Springfield rail line jumps $135M | masslive.com

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      Cost of expanded New Haven-to-Springfield rail line jumps $135M | masslive.com

      A plan to expand commuter rail service from New Haven, Connecticut, to Springfield, Massachusetts, will take about a year longer and $135 million more than expected, but Connecticut officials say they've secured a crucial commitment from Amtrak to keep work on schedule. The Courant reports that the railroad says new tracks will be ready for trains to run by January 2018 at a cost of $570 million. State transportation planners forecast as many as 750,000 passenger trips a year when the operation gets under way, and more than 1 million annually when the system is completed.

       

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield

    7. MassDOT sets public information meeting on I-91 reconstruction project in Springfield

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      MassDOT sets public information meeting on I-91 reconstruction project in Springfield

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has scheduled a public information meeting for the Interstate 91 rehabilitation project from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in the auditorium at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. The event will feature a short presentation from the project's contractors, the joint venture White-Schiavone, followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is open to anyone. MassDOT asks people with questions to visit the project website where they can sign up to receive project updates.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    8. For Irish airline Aer Lingus, Bradley International Airport service is about connecting region to all of Europe | masslive.com

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      For Irish airline Aer Lingus, Bradley International Airport service is about connecting region to all of Europe | masslive.com

      When Irish Airline Aer Lingus announced it would begin flying nonstop from Hartford-Springfield to Dublin, the first large tour group to book was from Albany,N.Y., and its members are headed to the not-so-Irish city of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Jack Foley, Aer Lingus executive vice president for North America, shared the story Friday to illustrate that Hartford-Dublin flights really aren't just about flying people from Hartford and Springfield to Dublin.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    9. $2.5 million grant continues support for Barnes Airport noise mitigation project

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      $2.5 million grant continues support for Barnes Airport noise mitigation project

      The city is scheduled for another $2.5 million grant to continue a multi-million dollar noise mitigation project started in 2010 at Barnes Regional Airport. The grant represents a sixth installment of funding under the project aimed at mitigation for more than 300 home in and around Barnes Airport because of increased noise levels generated by the Air National Guard's F-15 Eagle fighter jets assigned to the 104th Fighter Wing located at the airport.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    10. Case for expanding Amtrak east/west rail service compelling: Letter to the Editor

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      Case for expanding Amtrak east/west rail service compelling: Letter to the Editor

      If the T were to extend to Springfield, people in the greater Springfield area will be more easily able to work, visit or otherwise conduct business in metropolitan Boston without having to face the Hobson's choice of being held hostage by fluctuating gas prices, massive traffic jams or opting for bus travel with its many stops, high tariffs, overcrowding and inconvenient scheduling.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield

    11. Rectrix Aviation buys competitor Five Star Jet Center at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport | masslive.com

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      Rectrix Aviation buys competitor Five Star Jet Center at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport | masslive.com

      Rectrix Aviation has bought Five Star Jet Center at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport and announced plans to expand its services and staff at the airport here.  Rectrix, based in Bedford, is now the only fixed base operator or FBO at the Westfield-Barnes. It bought AirFlyte in 2013, keeping the Airflyte name for some of its aircraft maintenance operations, said Brian P. Barnes, airport manager.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    12. East, west train service must be explored: Letter to the Editor

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      East, west train service must be explored: Letter to the Editor

      Springfield is the geographic central point between two state capitals: Albany and Boston. The state allocated over $20 million for a commuter rail service between Boston and Foxborough, but little to nothing on establishing commuter service into the larger job markets to the east and west of the greater Springfield area. Only one local state official is actively pursuing this direction, where are the rest?

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    13. Photos: Interstate 91 viaduct project preparations continue in Springfield

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      Photos: Interstate 91 viaduct project preparations continue in Springfield

      Work continues along East and West Columbus Avenue in Springfield as well as other areas around the Interstate 91 viaduct, as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation gets ready for substantial construction to begin in December or January. The elevated 2.5 mile stretch of highway in downtown Springfield was built in the 1960s.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    14. Boarding for Dublin: Aer Lingus to add route between Hartford and Ireland | masslive.com

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      Boarding for Dublin: Aer Lingus to add route between Hartford and Ireland | masslive.com

      After a six-year absence, the Windsor Locks airport will once again offer direct trans-Atlantic flights.  The Hartford Courant reports Irish airline Aer Lingus will begin offering nonstop service between the Connecticut airport and Dublin. It has not been publicly shared when service will begin.  Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will formally announce the new route on Wednesday, according to an email from the governor's office obtained by the Courant.

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      Mentions:   Dannel Malloy

    15. Palmer councilors support proposal for passenger rail station in town

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      Palmer councilors support proposal for passenger rail station in town

      The Town Council is fully behind ambitious plans currently on the drawing board to expand passenger rail service -- including a recommendation to add a train station here. The Palmer Town Council at Monday's meeting endorsed the idea and sent a letter of support. "The Town Council unanimously supports this recommendation" for a train station in Palmer, its letter to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation says.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    16. MassDOT installing traffic lights to downtown Springfield traffic flow from I-91 project detour

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      MassDOT installing traffic lights to downtown Springfield traffic flow from I-91 project detour

      The state Department of Transportation is shoring up sections of East and West Columbus avenues that run under Interstate 91 in anticipation of increased traffic once the planned reconstruction of the highway begins. Amanda Skahan, spokeswoman for MassDOT, said workers have installed traffic signals where East and West Columbus meet Liberty Street. There will also be crosswalks installed and handicap accessible sidewalks installed at Liberty and East Columbus and Emery Street and East Columbus. The signals are installed, but the controlling system has not yet been put in place to make them function. That should happen shortly, she said. Once ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Interstate 91: Birnie Avenue connector to be temporarily shut down as part of viaduct work | masslive.com

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      Interstate 91: Birnie Avenue connector to be temporarily shut down as part of viaduct work | masslive.com

      A portion of the Birnie Avenue connector off Interstate 91 will be closed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Monday that so contractors can build a temporary off-ramp as part of the ongoing reconstruction of the Interstate 91 viaduct over downtown Springfield.  Substantial closures of lanes and on- and off-ramps will occur on or about the turn of the new year, MassDOT has said.  The department announced the closure Friday afternoon.  Contractors are working on the $183.3 million rehabilitation of about two miles of elevated highway built in the 1960s.

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    18. What's next for I-91 project in Springfield? MassDOT puts documents for viaduct project online | masslive.com

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      What's next for I-91 project in Springfield? MassDOT puts documents for viaduct project online | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has posted its meeting presentation, documents, maps and a FAQ from last week's public meeting on the ongoing rehabilitation of Interstate 91.  The project website is www.mass.gov/massdot/I91ViaductRehab.  MassDOT encourages people to download the materials and share them, it said in a news release. The online posts follow a public meeting MassDOT hosted last week at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    19. PVTA Taps Project Manager for Bus Operations, Maintenance Facility

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      City Point Partners announced it has been selected by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) to oversee the design and construction of the new Bus Operations and Maintenance Facility on Cottage Street in Springfield, replacing the existing, 100-year-old facility. The new, 280,000-square-foot, $70 million facility will be built on an 18-acre site and will provide bus maintenance and storage for the PVTA’s Springfield fixed-route operation. The facility will be able to accommodate approximately 150 fixed-route buses, including standard-size diesel buses and articulated buses.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. Westfield Planning Board approves Pioneer Valley Transit Authority transit center for Arnold Street

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      Westfield Planning Board approves Pioneer Valley Transit Authority transit center for Arnold Street

      The Planning Board, by a 5-1 vote Tuesday night approved construction of a planned $6 million Pioneer Valley Transit Authority transit center on Arnold Street. Construction of the glass and steel structure is expected to begin by next spring and open in 2017. Plans for the center were first presented to the Planning Board in June which set up a complete review of the project because of special permits needed for its construction. City planners had to provide waivers to several requirements under zoning within the city's CORE District downtown including height of the building, property line set-back footage ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    21. Gov. Malloy & Conn. Delegation: Connecticut Awarded Grant to Advance Economic Development Plans Across the Hartford Rail Line Corridor - Connecticut's Official State Website

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      Gov. Malloy & Conn. Delegation: Connecticut Awarded Grant to Advance Economic Development Plans Across the Hartford Rail Line Corridor - Connecticut's Official State Website

      Connecticut was selected on a competitive basis through the United States Department of Transportation's Transit-Oriented Development Pilot Planning Program. The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will receive funding to advance TOD at four new stations - in North Haven, Newington, West Hartford and Enfield - as well as the two stations that will be relocated in Windsor and Windsor Locks. This grant will guide CTDOT and its partners toward the implementation of a corridor strategy for TOD to increase ridership, enhance affordable housing opportunities, create mixed-use development to activate station areas, and link people to jobs through multimodal transportation connections along ...

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    22. PVTA proposes bus rapid transit for State Street/Boston Road route in Springfield | masslive.com

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      PVTA proposes bus rapid transit for State Street/Boston Road route in Springfield | masslive.com

      With more than 5,000 riders a day, the seven-mile corridor from the Peter Pan Bus Terminal out State Street and onto Boston Road to the Eastfield Mall is the busiest route in the PVTA system.  But State Street is a route chopped up with traffic lights and busy intersections and clogged with downtown traffic. That's why the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is proposing a bus rapid transit route for buses that eventually will originate at the redeveloped Union Station.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines   Eastfield Mall

    23. World Trade Center steel from 9/11 terrorist attacks may be headed to Springfield's Union Station

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      World Trade Center steel from 9/11 terrorist attacks may be headed to Springfield's Union Station

      Kevin Kennedy, Springfield's chief development officer, said the 12-foot-long, 2,950-pound beam might become the centerpiece of a memorial at the refurbished Union Station Regional Intermodal Transportation Center.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Ware   Kevin Kennedy

    24. Springfield City Council to consider tax incentives for new $95 million subway car factory

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      Springfield City Council to consider tax incentives for new $95 million subway car factory

      The City Council will consider approving a special tax incentive agreement with a company planning to build a $95 million subway car factory on Page Boulevard that could save the firm an estimated $10 million in property taxes spread over a 10-year period. The council will consider the proposed 10-year tax increment financing (TIF) agreement at its Monday night meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., at City Hall. The tax incentive is being proposed based in part on the economic development benefits, new jobs, and new taxes the project will generate for Springfield, according to city officials.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy

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