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    1. The Loop, free bus service connecting downtown Springfield attractions, debuts with MGM the destination for most riders

      The Loop, free bus service connecting downtown Springfield attractions, debuts with MGM the destination for most riders

      The Loop debuted Friday afternoon, and while the free bus service connects several downtown attractions, its inaugural run was all about the grand opening of the MGM Springfield resort casino. Shirley Grahan, of Northampton, waited for that first run of The Loop at Union Station, about a mile away from MGM Springfield. She and the two dozen other riders only had one destination in mind - the casino.

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    2. Southwick among communities to receive rail trail grants from state

      Southwick among communities to receive rail trail grants from state

      The Appalachian Mountain Club received a $31,577 award from the state to develop a portion of the New England National Scenic Trail at the Rising Corner Road Trailhead in Southwick as an accessible trail. The club will provide a $12,071 match for the project. The grant was one of several announced Tuesday. The Baker-Polito administration awarded $3,940,000 in grants to fund design, construction, and maintenance for 75 trail projects throughout the state.

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    3. Barnes, Westover, Bradley airports look for MGM Springfield casino boost

      Barnes, Westover, Bradley airports look for MGM Springfield casino boost

      MGM Springfield's executives have been out to visit and at least one corporate jet from Las Vegas is scheduled to arrive this weekend and stay over at least one night. But it remains to bee seen how much business MGM Springfield, the $960 million resort casino that opens Friday, will bring to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport, Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee and Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. "We certainly are hoping to feel the effects of the casino," said Kelly DeRonda, manager at Rectrix, the fixed-base operator providing aircraft services at Barnes. It's hard to tell ahead ...

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    4. Springfield names Union Station bus entrance Peter Pan Way in honor of local company

      Springfield names Union Station bus entrance Peter Pan Way in honor of local company

      A short public way that serves as a bus entrance for Union Station was officially named "Peter Pan Way" on Monday night in honor of Peter Pan Bus Lines. The name was approved by the City Council by unanimous vote for the roadway that connects Liberty Street to Union Station on Frank B. Murray Street. Peter Pan Bus Lines, which moved its buses and offices this year from Main Street to Union Station, will use 1 Peter Pan Way as its official address, said Peter A. Picknelly, Peter Pan's president.

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    5. Union Station, CTrail ready for surge of passengers for MGM Springfield opening

      Union Station, CTrail ready for surge of passengers for MGM Springfield opening

      Amtrak and the folks who run the CTrail branded trains on the Hartford Line are ready to expand service into Springfield for MGM Springfield's opening weekend if they notice a surge in ridership reminiscent of CTrail's own grand opening in June. It's hard to tell ahead of time how many people will take the trains along the New Haven-to-Springfield line, said Rich Andreski, bureau chief for public transportation at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Passengers on the line buy their tickets from vending machines moments before boarding.

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    6. Riders on Springfield-Hartford-New Haven CTrail trains can now bring their bikes along

      Riders on Springfield-Hartford-New Haven CTrail trains can now bring their bikes along

       As of Thursday, passengers can bring their bicycles on board CTrail Hartford Line trains, which stop multiple times each day in Springfield, the Connecticut Department of Transportation said. ConnDOT said it changed its rules in response to passenger desire to bring their bikes along. "Cyclists throughout Connecticut welcome the new bicycle access policy on the Hartford Line. For those who ride to and from stations or put their bikes aboard local buses or on other rail lines, this new policy extends the range for car-free travel in Connecticut," stated Paul Hammer, past president of the Connecticut Bicycle Coalition, in a ...

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    7. Now open on Springfield-New Haven CTrail trains: a restroom; ConnDOT continues work on ADA compliance

      Now open on Springfield-New Haven CTrail trains: a restroom; ConnDOT continues work on ADA compliance

      The CTrail Hartford Line has opened one restroom per train on the route serving Springfield to New Haven, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation will keep temporary handicapped-accessible bathrooms at stations in place. The on-board bathrooms reopened Monday. Meanwhile, Connecticut will continue to work on modifying the onboard bathrooms to meet modern handicapped accessibility rules.

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    8. MGM Springfield reveals 'The Loop' bus service to bring casino patrons to city attractions (photos, video)

      MGM Springfield reveals 'The Loop' bus service to bring casino patrons to city attractions (photos, video)

      MGM Springfield, the PVTA and the city unveiled The Loop Monday at a news conference with U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal at the renovated Union Station as MGM nears its Aug. 24 grand opening. The free bus service begins at 1 p.m. on opening day, just after traffic clears from a planned parade, said Sandra E. Sheehan, administrator for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority.

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    9. Bradley International Airport Launches Daily, Non-stop Service to St. Louis

      Bradley International Airport Launches Daily, Non-stop Service to St. Louis

      This week, the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) launched its inaugural Southwest Airlines flight from Bradley International Airport to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The new daily, non-stop service departs from Bradley at 11:10 a.m. (EST) and arrives at St. Louis Lambert International Airport at 12:45 p.m. (CST). The inbound flight leaves St. Louis at 4:25 p.m. (CST) and arrives at Bradley at 7:50 p.m. (EST). The service utilizes a Boeing 737.

       

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    10. Regional Rail Service Picks Up Speed

      Regional Rail Service Picks Up Speed

      The launch of the Hartford line last month, which expands rail activity from Union Station in Springfield to a host of Connecticut stops, has been a success, judging by early ridership. More important, it has municipal and economic-development leaders from Greater Springfield thinking about the potential of a Springfield-to-Greenfield service beginning next year, as well as the viability of east-west service between Boston and Springfield. It’s about more than riding the trains, they say — it’s about what riders will do once they get here.

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    11. PVTA gets boost in state budget, still plans service cuts

      PVTA gets boost in state budget, still plans service cuts

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will get more money under the state budget passed Wednesday by the Legislature than it expected under the governor's budget proposal, but it might not be enough to stop planned service cuts. The Legislature's budget adds $455,605 in funding for the PVTA as compared with the last two budget cycles. Additional funding could come from the state Department of Transportation. But the gains could also be wiped out by Gov. Charlie Baker if he decides to veto portions of the budget.

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    12. MassDOT Announces $1.8 Million in Awards to Expand Industrial Rail and Freight

      The state Department of Transportation recently awarded five grants totaling more than $1.8 million as part of the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP), which helps increase rail and freight access, economic opportunity, and job growth. IRAP is a competitive, state-funded, public/private partnership program that provides financial assistance to eligible applicants to invest in improvement projects in rail infrastructure access. State funding for these five projects will be matched by more than $2.4 million in private funds.

       

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    13. Town officials happy passenger rail station will get a look as part of Massachusetts east-west rail study

      Town officials happy passenger rail station will get a look as part of Massachusetts east-west rail study

      Local officials remain optimistic that a passenger rail station may someday get built in town as part of a potential east-west line connecting Pittsfield to Springfield, Worcester and Boston. Town Manager Charles Blanchard said a station in town would benefit the area, and efforts will continue to be made to demonstrate that to state transportation officials. "We look forward to providing information on how a passenger station in Palmer will benefit the entire region," Blanchard said Monday in an email statement.

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    14. Bradley International Airport Receives A+ Revenue Bond Rating

      Bradley International Airport Receives A+ Revenue Bond Rating

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that the credit-rating agency S & P Global Ratings has raised Bradley International Airport’s rating on its general airport revenue refunding bonds from ‘A’ to ‘A+’ with a stable outlook. “S & P Global Ratings is one of the most respected and widely used sources for credit ratings,” said Charles Gray, chairman of the CAA Board of Directors. “We’re pleased that the agency shares our confidence in Bradley International Airport’s fiscally responsible management team and the airport’s continued success.”

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    15. CTrail Hartford Line ridership tops 10,000 in week one

      CTrail Hartford Line ridership tops 10,000 in week one

      CTrail, the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield train service, drew 10,719 fare-paying passengers in its first full week of operation, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday in a news release. The passenger count covers June 18 through June 24 on the Hartford Line. The numbers were down from the line's opening weekend of June 16-17 when about 10,300 riders took free introductory trips, the Connecticut Department of Transportation said. Malloy, a longtime passenger rail booster, said ridership will grow.

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    16. Behind the Scenes at Peter Pan Bus Lines' first day in new Union Station offices in Springfield (photos, video)

      Behind the Scenes at Peter Pan Bus Lines' first day in new Union Station offices in Springfield (photos, video)

      The Peter Pan Bus Lines' sign and logo -- a drawing of the eternal boy flying off to Neverland -- that once decorated the Springfield bus terminal on Main Street, now graces the company's new offices in Springfield's Union Station. "We wanted to create modern office space for our employees," said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. "We tried to blend the old with the new, with all the history we have here in Springfield." Monday was Peter Pan's first day in its new offices on the third floor of Springfield Union Station, and ...

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    17. 'It was great': Now arriving, the first batch of CTrail Hartford Line weekday riders

      'It was great': Now arriving, the first batch of CTrail Hartford Line weekday riders

      Marcello Toro took Monday what he hopes was the first of many trips on CTrail and the Hartford Line from Hartford to Springfield's Union Station. Toro took the 12:26 p.m. train Monday from Hartford and arrived at 1:05 p.m. - five minutes ahead of schedule - for a 2 p.m. job interview with MGM Springfield at the MassMutual Center. If he gets his job as a line cook at the $960 million resort casino that opens Aug. 24, Toro said he hopes to use CTrail for his daily commute into work. "It was great," he said ...

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    18. First CTrail commuter train leaves Springfield for Hartford

      First CTrail commuter train leaves Springfield for Hartford

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and other local dignitaries made the ceremonial first trip south Friday on CTrail from the renovated Union Station to Hartford. "This was a wise expenditure of the public purse and those of us who voted for it had ought to defend it," Neal said upon reaching Hartford. Reminiscent of driving the golden spike that completed the transcontinental railroad, the party from Springfield headed south to Hartford where they met up with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and a party of Connecticut officials headed north from New Haven.

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    19. Springfield Union Station offers commuter parking rate as CTrail service begins

      Springfield Union Station offers commuter parking rate as CTrail service begins

      Starting Monday, with the arrival of CTrail train service from Springfield to Hartford and New Haven, commuters will be able to park in Springfield Union Station's parking deck for $5 a day. And starting in July, they'll be able to park in the Union Station garage for $65 a month, according to a news release issued Wednesday. Parking at Union Station will be free this Saturday and Sunday when CTrail offers free trips as a way to introduce folks to the service. Local officials, including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will take a ceremonial ride Friday ...

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    20. With CTrail ready to roll, travelers ponder if they'll use Springfield-Hartford-New Haven train line

      With CTrail ready to roll, travelers ponder if they'll use Springfield-Hartford-New Haven train line

      CTrail's Hartford Line begins service Saturday. CTrail and Amtrak trains will provide a total of 34 daily trips on weekdays, 12 trips on Saturdays, and 13 trips on Sundays and holidays. A timetable is available at hartfordline.com. On Friday, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and others will cut a ribbon at Springfield Union Station for a ceremonial launch. A party of officials from Springfield will take a train to Hartford, where they'll meet Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who's planning to take a train north from New Haven.

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    21. Northampton mayor sees busy train station getting busier with planned north-south Knowledge Corridor service expansion

      Northampton mayor sees busy train station getting busier with planned north-south Knowledge Corridor service expansion

      Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz knows that an old technology -- the passenger train -- is a big part of his city's future. "You can see it when you drive past the station," Narkewicz said Tuesday of his city's open-air Amtrak station on Pleasant Street at the edge of downtown. "There are people lined up in the parking lot." It's a scene he feels he'll see more often starting in June 2019 when expanded train service from Springfield on the Knowledge Corridor line through Holyoke and Northampton to Greenfield begins.

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    22. Expanded north-south rail service from Springfield to begin in June 2019

      Expanded north-south rail service from Springfield to begin in June 2019

      The commonwealth of Massachusetts has an agreement with Connecticut authorities and Amtrak to provide on a pilot basis two extended daily CTrail trains from Springfield with stops in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield. One train will run in the morning and one later in the day -- both north and south -- on the Knowledge Corridor line paralleling the Connecticut River. The only train traveling north of Springfield now is Amtrak's Vermonter, which runs once a day in each direction.  The pilot project, revealed Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker at a news conference in Springfield's Union Station, will cost Massachusetts $1 ...

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    23. CTrail: With commuter trains a week away, officials warn of increased traffic

      CTrail: With commuter trains a week away, officials warn of increased traffic

      Train traffic will increase on the rail line from Springfield through Hartford to New Haven starting Saturday, the Connecticut Department of Transportation warned. The ceremonial first trains of the new CTrail commuter train service won't run until June 15. Rides will be free over the weekend of June 16-17, and regular service begins June 18. But starting Saturday, Amtrak's portion of the Hartford Line service will commence, ConnDOT said in a news release. This will increase the number of daily Amtrak trains from 12 to 18. Also starting Saturday, CTrail trains will begin test runs of the full ...

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    24. High speed monorail commuter service would open doors for Massachusetts

      High speed monorail commuter service would open doors for Massachusetts

      Tim Brennan's article on freight railroad's playing a key role in Western Mass's economy offers a good explanation of the role logistics and the supply chain play in our lives. "Freight railroads key to moving western Mass. economy." But it misses an important point. CSX control of most of the rails makes putting commuter rail service east and west of Springfield a difficult if not impossible task.

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