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    1. Neal, Lesser among 33 appointed to east-west rail advisory panel; Palmer gets a seat at...

      Neal, Lesser among 33 appointed to east-west rail advisory panel; Palmer gets a seat at...

      Western Massachusetts rail transit boosters U.S. Rep. Richard Neal state Sen. Eric Lesser are among a group of 33 people appointed to the state's east-west passenger rail study advisory committee, which will hold its first meeting on Dec. 18. The panel will be a sounding board for a rail proposal that could result in passenger service linking Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston. Although the final agenda is still being prepared, the state Department of Transportation said topics of discussion are likely to include the panel's role, a project overview, and discussion about the committee's and the ...

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    2. Saying Boston gets whatever it wants, WMass business leaders blast MassDOT's 'disrespect' of Greater Springfield politicians who want Interstate 91 viaduct buried

      Saying Boston gets whatever it wants, WMass business leaders blast MassDOT's 'disrespect' of Greater Springfield politicians who want Interstate 91 viaduct buried

      The Economic Development Council says the Massachusetts Department of Transportation disrespected local leaders this fall when it chose that cheaper option for the long-term future of the roadway. "If Marty Walsh walks into DOT and says, 'I want this alternative,' nobody says 'No, Mayor of Boston, stick it in your ear and go away.' The mayor of Springfield, not so much," Springfield lawyer Paul P. Nicolai said Friday in an interview. Nicolai is chairman of the EDC's infrastructure committee and one of the people who helped formulate the EDC's response to the transportation department's final report on ...

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    3. As state begins $1M east-west passenger rail study, Palmer seeks a piece of the action

      As state begins $1M east-west passenger rail study, Palmer seeks a piece of the action

      A projected 18-month, $1 million "East-West Passenger Rail Study," subtitled "A study assessing rail service alternatives along the Boston-Worcester-Springfield-Pittsfield corridor" has begun, Department of Transportation officials said this week. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack on Monday announced the private consultants MassDOT chose to do the work. "We have now selected the team for that study. It's led by WSP USA; includes AECOM, Regina Villa Associates, and Keville Enterprises," Pollack said during the four-hour MasDOT board meeting in Boston.

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    4. 'It's been a long ride': Union Station busy with rushed, stressed and fast-moving Thanksgiving travelers

      'It's been a long ride': Union Station busy with rushed, stressed and fast-moving Thanksgiving travelers

      You really had to watch your step at the foot of the stairs leading down from the train platforms at Union Station on Wednesday afternoon. The CTrail train north from New Haven and Hartford was late, and folks needed to make their bus connections at the other end of the building. They were rushed, stressed and moving quickly to get where they needed to go.

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    5. Five Colleges, PVTA, Towns Reach Agreement to Increase Bus Payments

      Five Colleges, PVTA, Towns Reach Agreement to Increase Bus Payments

      A proposal by the Five College Consortium to increase its annual payment to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority by a total of $250,000 over the next four years has been accepted by PVTA and area municipalities. PVTA’s costs are covered with a combination of federal and state subsidies, payments from towns and cities, and passenger fares. Since 1979 Five Colleges has agreed to pay PVTA the town portion of the cost of bus routes that include its campuses. This has been with the understanding that, to encourage bus use, Five College students do not have to pay fares.

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    6. Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)

      Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)

      Keep craning your neck as you zip along Interstate 291 past the mammoth CRRC MA Corp. plant. You'll probably see that subway car you've been waiting for. CRRC started running new subway cars -- Orange Line cars it's building for the MBTA -- on its 2,200-foot test track during the week of Nov. 13. Each new car costs $2.43 million.

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    7. Rewards program offered to Hartford Line train riders: Springfield deals include Thunderbirds, museums

      Rewards program offered to Hartford Line train riders: Springfield deals include Thunderbirds, museums

      The Connecticut Department of Transportation now offers a rider rewards program where consumers can get discounts at businesses and attractions by showing their tickets or passes or a downloadable coupon. That includes tickets for Hartford Line passenger trains from New Haven to Springfield. The program, called CTrides, is also open to riders on Shore Line East trains and on CTfasttrack buses in Connecticut.

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    8. Travelers Aid Begins Service at Bradley International Airport

      Travelers Aid Begins Service at Bradley International Airport

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) and Travelers Aid announced that Travelers Aid International has begun serving the passengers of Bradley International Airport as the operator of the guest-service volunteer program at the airport. Travelers Aid now operates the Information Center in Terminal A on the lower level, which is the baggage-claim level. There are currently 45 volunteers, and Travelers Aid will be recruiting additional volunteers in order to better serve the airport’s passengers. The center’s current hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Mary Kate Doherty, an experienced volunteer manager, has ...

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    9. Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station

      Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station

      CTrail will have one additional Hartford Line train -- on weekends and on weekdays -- serving Springfield Union Station starting Monday, according to timetables released by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The new train arrives in Springfield at 9:47 a.m., having left New Haven at 8:15 a.m. It departs Springfield at 10:40 a.m. and arrives in New Haven at 12:12 p.m.  On weekends, it arrives in Springfield at 10:58 a.m., having left New Haven at 9:25 a.m. It leaves Springfield at 11:30 a.m. and arrives in New Haven ...

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    10. MGM Springfield generating 2,000 trips a week for Uber

      MGM Springfield generating 2,000 trips a week for Uber

      Uber, MGM Resorts' corporate partner in the ride-hailing market, reported this week that riders have made an average of about 2,000 Uber trips a week to and from MGM Springfield since the casino opened in August. Most of these trips are at night, with hundreds happening between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. The most popular destinations are to hotels in Springfield, to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and to Springfield's Union Station, Uber said in a news release. According to Uber's website and trip estimator utility, the trek from MGM Springfield to Bradley ...

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    11. Study pushes east-west rail forward at last

      Study pushes east-west rail forward at last

      Governor Charlie Baker is right when he says the concept of an east-west rail line is complicated. But that doesn't mean it can't be done. One step toward making the dream become reality occurred when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation hired a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a line from Boston through Worcester and Springfield and on to Pittsfield. The study will cost $1 million. Such studies often take on the image of unnecessary political stall tactics and a waste of taxpayers' money, but not this one. It's necessary to identify issues of cost ...

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    12. MassDOT takes next step toward $1 million east-west rail study

      MassDOT takes next step toward $1 million east-west rail study

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it has retained a consulting firm for $1 million to study the feasibility of east-west rail from Boston through Worcester to Springfield and as far west as Pittsfield. Victoria Mier, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, said work will begin as soon as the deal is final and a notice to proceed is issued. Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, said he learned Saturday that MassDOT plans to issue that notice in early 2019, with the study beginning soon thereafter. It will take about one ...

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    13. Mass DOT plans work next week on Morgan-Sullivan Bridge in advance of 4-year bridge...

      Mass DOT plans work next week on Morgan-Sullivan Bridge in advance of 4-year bridge...

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced workers will be out on the Morgan-Sullivan Bridge next week in preparation of the start of the a 47-month, $21.5 million rehabilitation project that is to begin in November. Beginning Monday, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane in either direction between 7 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. to allow for the clearing of trees and other work, according to the state DOT. Also beginning Monday, lane reductions will be in place from 8 p.m. each night through 5:30 a.m. to allow concrete deck repairs ...

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    14. Picking up steam: Rail advocates to meet in Springfield for updates on CTrail, expanded north-south service and east-west plans

      Picking up steam: Rail advocates to meet in Springfield for updates on CTrail, expanded north-south service and east-west plans

      Rail passengers and their advocates will gather Saturday in Springfield at what they see as a watershed moment. The new CTrail train service from Springfield to Hartford and New Haven is five months old. Plans for new service north of Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield and east-west to the Berkshires from New York and between Boston and Springfield are picking up steam.

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    15. Passenger-rail Experts, Supporters to Convene in Springfield This Saturday

      Did you know Northampton and New York are the strongest destination pairing in Amtrak’s entire northeast system? Did you know expanded North-South passenger rail service is coming to the Valley next year between Greenfield, Northampton, Holyoke, and Springfield? Did you know the state is about to initiate a new study on east-west passenger rail as well? If any of this is new information to you, join the Rail Users Network (RUN), the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and Trains in the Valley this Saturday, Oct. 13 for RUN’s annual public forum taking place from noon to 5 p.m ...

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    16. PVTA gets $2.4M from feds for North End Springfield project (photos, video)

      PVTA gets $2.4M from feds for North End Springfield project (photos, video)

      The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2.4 million to renovate 110-year-old PVTA maintenance facility in the North End into a modern place to store and repair its paratransit fleet. Meanwhile PVTA -- otherwise known as the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority -- will move its bus maintenance and operations to a new $55 million, 225,000-square-foot, state and federally funded depot on Cottage Street in March, said Administrator Sandra E. Sheehan.

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    17. Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon Elected to Major Airport Trade Association Board of Directors

      Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon Elected to Major Airport Trade Association Board of Directors

      Windsor Locks, CT - Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E. has been elected to the Board of Directors for Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). As one of the leading trade associations representing airports in the U.S. and Canada, ACI-NA advocates for policies to strengthen all North American airports, promotes cooperation and the sharing of best practices between airports, and helps support route and capital development at all member airports.

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    18. Morgan-Sullivan bridge project to last 47 months, MassDOT tells West Springfield crowd

      Morgan-Sullivan bridge project to last 47 months, MassDOT tells West Springfield crowd

      The busy Morgan-Sullivan bridge along Rt. 147 will be reduced to two travel lanes for 36 to 40 months, but preliminary and finish work will extend the time frame further still. "There's basically 47 months of construction," said Shawn Clark, project manager for Northern Construction Service, LLC, which submitted the low bid of $21.5 million to rebuild the Westfield River span linking West Springfield and Agawam. Work started in September. One lane each way will be available this month, and four travel lanes should be restored by spring of 2021. "Full beneficial use" with five lanes is slated ...

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    19. Big E sending free shuttle buses to Union Station to meet CTrail trains

      Big E sending free shuttle buses to Union Station to meet CTrail trains

      The Big E is offering a free shuttle van that meets CTrail Hartford Line trains at Union Station on Saturdays and Sundays. The Connecticut Department of Transportation, which operates CTrail passenger service, will be at Big E this year, handing out Hartford Line literature and answering questions from a table in the Connecticut Building on the Avenue of States, said Ron Dresner, of Dennis PR Group, which handles promotion for CTrail.

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    20. National freight company plans truck terminal on Westfield's north side

      National freight company plans truck terminal on Westfield's north side

      Old Dominion Freight Line, a billion-dollar company with 233 service stations across the country, is planning to open a truck terminal on Medeiros Way. The company has a few hurdles to jump, including some questions from the city engineer, and concerns about lighting and a retaining wall. Terry Hutchins, vice president of field services and real estate for Old Dominion, and Timothy A. Coon of Russo Surveyors and Engineers in Connecticut, spoke during a public hearing at the Westfield City Council meeting Thursday. The proposal needs council approval before receiving final approval from the Westfield Planning Board.

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    21. Amtrak, CTrail shift to buses for rail construction this weekend

      Amtrak, CTrail shift to buses for rail construction this weekend

      CTrail Hartford Line and Amtrak passenger service between Hartford and Springfield will be on buses this weekend to accommodate construction crews adding a second set of rails between Hartford and Windsor, Connecticut.  The rail line is also switching to a new schedule starting Monday and running through Sept. 30. One change with the new schedule is that all CTrail trains stop at New Haven's State Street station. The schedule is available here.

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    22. 'This is a very special place for Springfield': Peter Pan shows off Union Station offices

      'This is a very special place for Springfield': Peter Pan shows off Union Station offices

      Almost exactly one year after moving bus operations to Springfield Union Station, Peter Pan Bus Lines hosted an open house Tuesday to show off the new corporate offices upstairs from the bus berths and ticketing counters. "This is a very special place for Springfield," said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. "For the thousands of people every day who visit our city utilizing public transportation, this is their first impression." He said Peter Pan serves 75 cities across the Northeast and no cities of Springfield's size have a comparable intermodal transit center. And bus ...

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