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.
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.
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.
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.
A general contractor has been selected to manage the building of a major transportation project in western Massachusetts. A recent influx of federal funds has the long stalled redevelopment of Springfield’s derelict train station back on the fast track, as WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
The Obama administration Monday announced more than $700 million for transportation projects across the country. The administration’s transportation secretary visited Springfield Massachusetts to highlight one of the projects. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.