transportation http://wamc.org en Sen. Markey Stresses Support of Berkshire Economic Development http://wamc.org/post/sen-markey-stresses-support-berkshire-economic-development <p><a href="http://www.markey.senate.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. Senator Edward Markey</a> visited Pittsfield today on a tour of western Massachusetts.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 72336 at http://wamc.org Sen. Markey Stresses Support of Berkshire Economic Development Recognizing 100 Years at Grand Central http://wamc.org/post/recognizing-100-years-grand-central <p>An upcoming lecture in western Massachusetts will celebrate 100 years of New York City’s <a href="http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/" target="_blank">Grand Central Terminal</a>. Francis Morrone has long been fascinated by Grand Central and its engineering feats that occurred near the turn of the 20<sup>th</sup> century. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 71291 at http://wamc.org Recognizing 100 Years at Grand Central Advocacy Group Launches New Effort To Support Passenger Rail Expansion In Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/advocacy-group-launches-new-effort-support-passenger-rail-expansion-berkshires <p>A group advocating for passenger rail service from the Berkshires to New York City is launching a new volunteer effort to bring its message to a wider audience.</p><p></p><p>Karen Christensen, a Great Barrington resident and founder and CEO of the Berkshire Publishing Group, said she first became interested in advocating to bring passenger rail service from New York to the Berkshires after returning from a trip to China in August of 2011. After communicating with her neighbors, colleagues, and other business owners, by late 2012, she had founded the Berkshire Train Campaign.</p><p></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 69858 at http://wamc.org Advocacy Group Launches New Effort To Support Passenger Rail Expansion In Berkshires Berkshire Lawmakers React To FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-lawmakers-react-fy-2014-budget-vetoes <p></p><p>Lawmakers in the Berkshires are reacting to the fiscal year 2014 budget signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Friday.</p><p></p><p>Last week, Governor Patrick signed a $33.6 billion state budget into law. Patrick’s initial budget proposal called for significant investments in education, which lawmakers in the Berkshires supported.</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:59:39 +0000 Lucas Willard 69263 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Lawmakers React To FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes Mass. Governor Signs FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes Transportation Funding http://wamc.org/post/mass-governor-signs-fy-2014-budget-vetoes-transportation-funding <p></p><p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today signed the fiscal year 2014 budget into law and vetoed millions of dollars dedicated toward transportation and local aid in a bid to pressure lawmakers to accept his revisions to a still unresolved transportation finance bill.</p><p></p><p>Governor Patrick addressed reporters at a press conference after signing the $33.6 billion spending plan. He paid specific attention to programs that aim to close the achievement gap, reduce healthcare costs, and prevent youth violence.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:32:01 +0000 Lucas Willard 69112 at http://wamc.org Mass. Governor Signs FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes Transportation Funding Berkshire Democrats Back Plan To Reinstate Tolls On Mass Pike http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-democrats-back-plan-reinstate-tolls-mass-pike <p></p><p>Democratic lawmakers in the Berkshires have voiced their support for a transportation budget that would reinstate tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike from the New York border through Springfield.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:00:53 +0000 Lucas Willard 68040 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Democrats Back Plan To Reinstate Tolls On Mass Pike Berkshire County Planning Efforts Focus On Transportation, Life Sciences http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-county-planning-efforts-focus-transportation-life-sciences <p></p><p>Planning efforts surrounding economic development through the life sciences and transportation in the Berkshires are about to head into their next stages.</p><p> The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is asking county residents to weigh in on planning efforts examining potential station locations for North-South passenger rail between Pittsfield and the state border with Connecticut, as part of a $240,000 federal grant.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:48:27 +0000 Lucas Willard 67243 at http://wamc.org Berkshire County Planning Efforts Focus On Transportation, Life Sciences Transportation Bill Faces Uncertain Fate In Mass. Senate http://wamc.org/post/transportation-bill-faces-uncertain-fate-mass-senate <p>The Massachusetts House of Representatives is poised to vote on raising taxes, including a 3 cent increase in the gasoline tax, to fund the state’s transportation system.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; The $500 million dollar tax increase faces an uncertain fate in the Massachusetts Senate, according to Democratic State Senator James Welch of West Springfield.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:08:59 +0000 Paul Tuthill 61734 at http://wamc.org Transportation Bill Faces Uncertain Fate In Mass. Senate Mass. Lawmakers Begin Debate on Legislative Leaders' Transportation Plan http://wamc.org/post/mass-lawmakers-begin-debate-legislative-leaders-transportation-plan <p> The transportation funding plan unveiled by Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts state legislature has been met with a mixed response, with Democratic Governor Deval Patrick threatening to veto the plan if certain objectives aren’t met and House Republicans criticizing the plan for raising taxes without making other reforms to government.</p><p></p><p>And lawmakers in the Berkshires seem to be equally as divided on supporting the plan introduced by House Speaker Robert Deleo and Senate President Therese Murray, both Democrats, last week.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 19:49:13 +0000 Lucas Willard 61733 at http://wamc.org Mass. Lawmakers Begin Debate on Legislative Leaders' Transportation Plan Mass. Governor Criticizes Legislative Leaders' Transportation Plan http://wamc.org/post/mass-governor-criticizes-legislative-leaders-transportation-plan <div><p></p><p>Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts legislature and House Republicans both answered Governor Deval Patrick’s 2014 transportation budget with plans of their own, but the governor is warning that a plan too small would hurt low and middle income families .</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:20:47 +0000 Lucas Willard 61585 at http://wamc.org Mass. Governor Criticizes Legislative Leaders' Transportation Plan