Hearing On Massachusetts Rail Plan Scheduled In Springfield

Feb 1, 2018

The Amtrak "Vermonter" arrives at downtown Holyoke, MA. MassDOT's draft 2018 State Rail Plan calls for more passenger train service on the Knowledge Corridor Line between Springfield and Greenfield. The report calls for a full feasibility study of passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston.
Credit WAMC

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has scheduled a public hearing Friday afternoon in Springfield on the agency’s proposed state rail plan.


     MassDOT officials will discuss the draft 2018 State Rail Plan and solicit public comment from 3:00 p.m – 4:30 p.m. at the office of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

     The plan proposes a feasibility study of passenger rail between Springfield and Boston, a project State Senator Eric Lesser has advocated as vital to the economic future of western Massachusetts.

     "There is now a multi-week process of public engagement," Lesser explained. " This is an appeal to the public to participate in this and let your voice be heard."

     For those who cannot show up in person at the public hearing, MassDOT is taking written comments until Feb. 19th.