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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. '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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    13. Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport gets $2.6 million federal grant for drainage

      Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport gets $2.6 million federal grant for drainage

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, brought news of a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport on Monday. The airport will use the money to improve drainage at Barnes, according to information provided by Neal's office. "The regional airport in Westfield is increasingly playing a larger and more important role in our local transportation infrastructure," Neal said in a written statement. "It also is helping to create good jobs and economic development here in Western Massachusetts. Today's federal grant is an investment in the airport's future and ...

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    14. MGM Springfield has Connecticut gamblers riding the rails: CTrail and Hartford Line busy

      MGM Springfield has Connecticut gamblers riding the rails: CTrail and Hartford Line busy

      When the 11:47 a.m. Hartford Line train pulled into Springfield's Union Station, most of the 75 or so passengers getting off had one question: "How do I get to the casino?" And even though The Loop downtown bus service wouldn't start for another hour - after the traffic on Main Street cleared - the arriving passengers made bee lines for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority waiting area downstairs or out onto Lyman Street for the walk to MGM Springfield.

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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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