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    1. Trade war: will US espionage fears scupper Chinese rail group? | Financial Times

      Trade war: will US espionage fears scupper Chinese rail group? | Financial Times

      In its 19th century heyday, the city of Springfield in Massachusetts produced the first industrial assembly line, the first gasoline-powered automobile and the first sleeping rail car. Wason, one of its leading companies, made passenger coaches and streetcars for clients across the US and countries as far afield as Egypt. While Wason went out of business in the 1930s, Springfield prospered well into the 20th century before deindustrialisation forced many of its factories to close.

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    2. CTrail ridership in Springfield totals 11K after first year; Union Station welcomed 2.5 million passengers

      CTrail ridership in Springfield totals 11K after first year; Union Station welcomed 2.5 million passengers

      Ridership on CTrail’s Hartford Line trains to and from Springfield has hovered just above 1,000 passengers a month according to Union Station visitor numbers provided by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority. Through its first 11 full months of operation, July 2018 through May 2019, CTrail trains have carried 11,570 people to and from Union Station in Springfield. The CTrail Hartford Line commuter rail service began operating out of the renovated terminal in June 2018.

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    3. Amtrak returns to Union Station concourse, new platform expected to open in four weeks

      Amtrak returns to Union Station concourse, new platform expected to open in four weeks

      Amtrak showed off its new ticket window Monday and checked luggage drop-off on the first floor of Union Station. The counter moves Amtrak customer service to the main concourse with the Peter Pan and Greyhound counters and vending machines selling tickets for both CTrail’s Hartford Line and its connecting Metro-North service. Amtrak is now just down the corridor from the PVTA intracity bus counter.

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    4. Governor Authorizes $200 Million in Chapter 90 Transportation Funding to Cities and Towns

      Governor Authorizes $200 Million in Chapter 90 Transportation Funding to Cities and Towns

      Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill authorizing $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds to support all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Since taking office in 2015, the Baker-Polito administration has awarded a total of $1.14 billion through the Chapter 90 formula. “Chapter 90 funding provides cities and towns with critical resources to carry out important projects like highway construction and road paving to improve local infrastructure in communities across Massachusetts,” Baker said. “We thank the Legislature for working with our administration to pass this bill and continue our support for local officials this construction season.”

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    5. Study of east-west rail connecting North Adams, Greenfield and Boston passes Massachusetts Senate

      Study of east-west rail connecting North Adams, Greenfield and Boston passes Massachusetts Senate

      As state Sen. Jo Comerford campaigned to represent Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester in the Massachusetts legislature last year, the issue of transportation connecting the state kept arising among voters. Residents in Central and Western Massachusetts spoke of an easier way to get to and from Boston. “It’s within people’s lifetimes that we had passenger service,” Comerford, a Northampton Democrat, told MassLive of the former rail service along the Route 2 corridor. The previous passenger service ran from 1875 to 1968, connecting Eastern and Western Massachusetts.

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    6. Peter Pan Charts a Route to Continued Growth

      Peter Pan Charts a Route to Continued Growth

      Peter Picknelly says the higher prices that consumers are experiencing at the gas pump are a fairly recent phenomenon, with the surge coming over the past few months or so. But in the bus business, such changes to the landscape can, and usually do, have a quick and profound impact. And Easter weekend provided ample evidence of this. “Business was up 18% over the same period a year ago — we were really busy over Easter weekend,” said Picknelly. “When gas prices go up, we see an increase in ridership, and they’ve been going up.

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    7. David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David Panagore, key figure in Springfield financial turnaround, will be executive at the T

      David B. Panagore, who helped guide Springfield out of a financial crisis more than a decade ago, has taken a top management position with the MBTA. Panagore has accepted the position of chief administrative officer, the transportation agency announced this week. Panagore will report to the general manager, Steve Poftak, and he will be responsible for overseeing the MBTA’s administrative and financial functions, according to a message sent to MBTA staffers. He starts May 13.

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    8. Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Crane lifts Platform C into place at Springfield Union Station

      Cranes this week are lifting sections of precast concrete walkway onto the upper portions of Springfield Union Station for the new handicapped-accessible Platform C. Platform C couldn’t open two years ago with the rest of the refurbished Union Station because it wasn’t wide enough to meet modern handicapped accessibility rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns the station, tried but failed to get a waiver.

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    9. Bradley International Airport to host Frontier Airlines flights to Denver, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham - masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport to host Frontier Airlines flights to Denver, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham - masslive.com

      Frontier Airlines began service Thursday to and from Bradley International Airport to Denver.  The airline said it is offering fares as low as $59 one-way as a promotion at FlyFrontier.com.  Frontier will begin other flights from Bradley to Orlando International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport Apr. 30.

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    10. Beacon Hill leaders seek conversation on transportation funding - masslive.com

      Beacon Hill leaders seek conversation on transportation funding - masslive.com

      ransportation funding is back in the hot seat, with top Beacon Hill officials pledging to take a new look this year at how the state pays for its trains, buses and roads.  House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said Tuesday that “everything and anything is on the table” this year when it comes to addressing the state’s transportation needs.

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    11. Bradley International Airport grows passenger traffic 3.6 percent | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport grows passenger traffic 3.6 percent | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport had more than 6.7 million passengers in 2018, up 3.6 percent from 2017 and its sixth consecutive year of year-over-year passenger growth. The number of passengers using Bradley International Airport has increased by 23 percent over the six-year period, from 5.4 million passengers in 2013 to 6.7 passengers in 2018., according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Connecticut Airport Authority

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    12. Rail Yard tavern planned at former Debbie Wong in West Springfield

      Rail Yard tavern planned at former Debbie Wong in West Springfield

      The owners of the site of the former Debbie Wong Restaurant at 874 Memorial Ave. plan to transform it into a tavern called The Rail Yard. “It’s just sentimental for a lot of reasons. It’s part of West Springfield’s History,” said owner Lori Rindels, a West Springfield native, whose mother grew up nearby on Lowell Street. “We’re just really excited.” The property, which totals seven-tenths of an acre, abuts the massive CSX train yard. She hopes to have The Rail Yard open either just prior to or just following the nearby Big E’s annual run ...

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    13. State estimates $29.5 million to $37.8 million cost for new MassPike exit between Lee and Westfield

      State estimates $29.5 million to $37.8 million cost for new MassPike exit between Lee and Westfield

      It’ll cost between $29.5 million and $37.8 million to build new highway exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) between Exit 2 in Lee and Exit 3 in Westfield, according to recently released Massachusetts Department of Transportation cost estimates. To supporters like state Sen. Donald Humason, R-Westfield, the new exit is a chance to bring people and investment to the lagging Hilltowns and solve a nagging rush-hour traffic snarl at Exit 3.

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    14. Bradley International Airport plans construction, added flights and services in 2019 | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport plans construction, added flights and services in 2019 | masslive.com

      Bradley had more than 6 million passengers in 2018 and saw its passenger arrival and departure stats up about 3.7 percent heading into the busy holiday season.  It’ll be a busy year for the Connecticut Airport Authority and Bradley as they try to add more destinations, airlines and routes. It’s a process Dillon said he hopes will continue the good momentum from 2018. He’s also planning facility upgrades designed to add passenger comfort, increase crowd capacity and put off the need for an expensive second terminal at Bradley for as long as possible.

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    15. Springfield-built Orange Line cars get first daytime T tryout

      Springfield-built Orange Line cars get first daytime T tryout

      The T tested Springfield-built Orange Line trains for the first time Friday during regular service hours, giving Boston commuters their first glimpse of the new cars from CRRC MA.The MBTA has been testing the cars for months, said spokesman Joe Pesaturo. But Friday was the first time they were tested in between trains running with passengers aboard. The CRRC trains will start hauling passengers for the first time in early spring, Pesaturo said. The new cars ran between 10 a.m. and noon

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    16. Springfield Union Station looks to grow while driving development

      Springfield Union Station looks to grow while driving development

      Springfield Union Station will need to go to the City Council again later this year for more money to close a funding gap, said Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer. But the Springfield Redevelopment Authority says it’s working to attract more tenants and make ends meet, and that the station is already paying for itself by encouraging more development in its neighborhood just north of downtown. Peter Pan Bus Lines moved its headquarters into Union Station in 2018, clearing the way for it to sell 1776 Main St., the site of the old Springfield Bus Terminal, to ...

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    17. Springfield’s CRRC begins shipping cars to Boston, plans for Philadelphia, Los Angeles projects

      Springfield’s CRRC begins shipping cars to Boston, plans for Philadelphia, Los Angeles projects

      Officials from Los Angeles and Philadelphia were there in December when Gov. Charlie Baker and representatives from the MBTA came to Springfield to celebrate completion of the first Orange Line cars at CRRC MA’s factory. The transit systems in those two cities are CRRC’s next customers. Los Angeles has ordered 64 subway cars at a cost of $178.4 million, with an option for 218 more beginning in 2021.  CRRC will build 45 double-decker passenger cars for SEPTA, Greater Philadelphia’s transit system, for $137.5 million. SEPTA has an option to purchase 10 additional cars after that.

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    18. Bradley Continues to Grow Its Routes — and Its Amenities

      Bradley Continues to Grow Its Routes — and Its Amenities

      It’s no secret that the air-travel industry is a competitive one. But Kevin Dillon said it’s doubly so for the airports themselves. “We’re competing with many regional airports for passengers, but we’re also competing with every airport in the country for limited assets — meaning aircraft,” he told BusinessWest. “Airlines will put aircraft where they get the best return. So we have to provide the best customer service possible, along with keeping operating costs low for airlines. Airports that can do both will be very successful.” By any standard, Bradley International Airport has been exactly that in ...

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    19. As Bradley International Airport looks to expand its footprint, it might also look to change its name - Hartford Courant

      As Bradley International Airport looks to expand its footprint, it might also look to change its name - Hartford Courant

      It is too early to say when a name change proposal might be made, Dillon said. But any study might include determining how well travelers — especially those from the West Coast or from abroad — know the location of Bradley, a key factor in attracting bookings.  Right now, 40 percent of traffic at Bradley originates outside of the Hartford area, Dillon said.  Dillon said one option might be keeping the Bradley name, but pairing it with a geographical name. That happened, he said, in a New Hampshire airport where he was once director. In 2006, the name of Manchester Airport was ...

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    20. Springfield-Holyoke-Northampton-Greenfield passenger trains a go for summer

      Springfield-Holyoke-Northampton-Greenfield passenger trains a go for summer

      Expanded passenger rail service north of Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton and Geenfield is still on track for this summer. The estimated start date is June, said Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, following a meeting this week with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Construction work on Knowledge Corridor along the Connecticut River — including replacing ties and repairing bridges — might push that start date back to July, but no later, Brennan said he was assured in meetings this week.

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    21. Westover Air Reserve Base, Rep. Richard Neal welcome $46.2 million maintenance hangar funding (photos, video)

      Westover Air Reserve Base, Rep. Richard Neal welcome $46.2 million maintenance hangar funding (photos, video)

      Westover Air Reserve Base aircraft maintainers were out Thursday in 4-degree weather working on the base’s massive C-5M Super Galaxy cargo jets. But more of that work will happen inside once a $46.2 million hangar is built, probably by the year 2022. The new hangar, to be called the Regional ISO Maintenance Hangar, was announced at a Thursday news conference. It will be the size of two football fields and more than 90 feet tall inside, said Col. David C. Post, commander of the of the 439th Maintenance Group at Westover. That’s big enough to fit the ...

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