high speed rail

New England News
6:17 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Officials Announce Full Build Out For Union Station

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A new financing plan was announced today to accelerate the redevelopment of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts

       City officials said a proposed addition of $3.2 million in local funds along with a previously announced $4.2 million grant from the state will allow the transit-focused elements of the project to be completed simultaneously with tenant-ready commercial space and additional parking.

     "It is a big achievement having all the money that is now needed to get this project done," said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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New England News
6:23 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Tour Looks At Transit-oriented Development

David Panagore of Park New Haven discusses the city's Union Station with visitors from greater Springfield, MA
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With an $82 million renovation of the derelict Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts under way, officials went looking for guidance from transit-oriented development in two Connecticut cities.

A delegation of business and civic leaders from greater Springfield got a possible glimpse of the future when they looked out over the ornate great hall of Union Station in New Haven, Ct. where 11,000 people a day pass through mostly off commuter trains to New York City.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Faster Amtrak Service Follows Federally Funded Rail Upgrades In Mass.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford, Ct.
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Work is nearly finished on a federally-funded upgrade to the rail line that parallels I-91 between New Haven, Connecticut and the Massachusetts border with Vermont.  The line, dubbed the “Knowledge Corridor,” will soon see faster, but still limited, Amtrak service.  But transportation officials and politicians see great potential for expanded commuter rail.  

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New England News
6:10 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Knowledge Corridor Rail Line Purchased By The State

Gov. Deval Patrick steps off a train in Greenfield to announce an agreement in principle to purchase a refurbished north-south rail line from Pan Am Southern
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced a milestone agreement today in the effort to bring high- speed passenger rail service to western Massachusetts.

Governor Patrick arrived in Greenfield onboard a train from North Adams to announce a tentative agreement to have the state purchase the rail line between East Northfield on the Vermont border and Springfield.  The 49-mile stretch is nearing the completion of a major restoration that will return passenger rail service to communities along the Connecticut River.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

8/7/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are Political Activist Libby Post, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman, Ira Fusfeld, and associate editor of the Times-Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Border Patrol
High Speed Rail
Smoker's Happiness
Hot Car Death
Nixon Resignation Anniversary

New England News
12:55 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

High-Speed Rail Project On Track In Western Mass.

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A $73 million project to restore passenger rail service along the Connecticut River line in Massachusetts, dubbed the Knowledge Corridor, is on track to be finished by the end of this year. The rail infrastructure improvements bring the promise of speedier Amtrak service and the potential for commuter rail service.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Dana Roscoe, a transportation expert with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

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New York News
6:48 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NY Extends Comment Period On High-Speed Rail

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The state Department of Transportation has extended the public comment period on plans for high-speed rail service between New York City and upstate New York.

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New England News
12:34 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Transportation Projects Await Approval Of Bond Bill

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield,MA
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State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey is pressing the Massachusetts Senate to approve a transportation bond bill as a new construction season approaches.  The $12.7 billion bond bill approved earlier this month in a unanimous vote in the Massachusetts House includes funding for some long-sought projects in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
7:25 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Funding announced for New England high-speed rail line

State and federal officials have announced $120 million in federal funding to build part of a high-speed rail project between New Haven, Conn. and Springfield, Mass.

The 62-mile project calls for service every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 60 minutes at other times. Speeds would reach up to 110 miles an hour.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office projects 1.26 million riders annually by 2030.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Track Upgrades Begin To Bring High Speed Rail To Western Mass.

This site near downtown Holyoke MA is where a passenger platform for high speed rail is proposed

Work has begun on a project that officials say will bring high speed passenger train service to the most heavily populated cities of western Massachusetts.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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