The first prototype of new subway cars that will eventually be manufactured in western Massachusetts are being shipped this week from China to Boston.


        Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker toured the nearly completed $95 million subway car factory in Springfield Thursday. The facility will provide good-paying jobs for people in western Massachusetts and improved mass transit in the eastern part of the state.



The operator of a driverless train that rumbled through several stations before transit workers stopped it by cutting power to the rails has been fired.

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Last year’s winter wreaked havoc on the Northeast, complicating travel by car, train and plane for millions of people. As winter nears, a local company is working works to make sure the country’s rails outlast the freezing temperatures.


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed his first state budget into law this afternoon. The Republican is touting it as a product of campaign promises.


Six members of the Massachusetts transportation board have agreed to resign at the request of Governor Charlie Baker.

A spokesman for the governor says the chairman of the seven-member MassDOT board, John Jenkins, has submitted his resignation. Baker's request came last week after a special advisory panel created by the governor recommended creating a new financial control board to oversee the MBTA.


A Chinese company has purchased property in Springfield, Massachusetts where it plans to build a factory to make new subway cars for the greater Boston area’s public transit system, the MBTA.  Springfield city officials hope the factory marks a rebirth of large-scale local manufacturing.


Massachusetts’ transportation board has named Frank DePaola interim MBTA general manager. DePaola currently serves as state highway administrator and chief operating officer for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.


With significant delays and service not expected to return to normal for at least another three weeks following a stretch of snow storms, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has formed a panel to review how the MBTA operates. Last week general manager Beverly Scott announced she was stepping down later this year.

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Transit systems in Boston continue to struggle after nearly nine feet of snow blanketed the area over the past three weeks. The MBTA’s general manager Beverly Scott, who last week announced she will step down later this year, said the transit system won’t fully recover for a month.


The head of the Boston-area public transportation system is stepping down after complaints about her decision to suspend rail service following a snowstorm. Late Wednesday Massachusetts Bay Transportation Agency General Manager Beverly Scott announced her upcoming resignation.

          The third major snowstorm in as many weeks hammered New England Monday, setting snowfall record totals in eastern Massachusetts where some roofs gave way under the weight of the snow. The state’s largest public transit system came in for sharp criticism from Governor Charlie Baker.

             Baker dropped by a highway maintenance depot in Boston Monday afternoon to thank weary snowplow drivers who have been working with few breaks since the first flakes from the latest storm started to fall late Saturday.


Two companies competing to supply new subway cars to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority would build the assembly plant in Springfield if awarded the lucrative government contract.

Hyundai Rotem of South Korea plans to build a $30 million factory at what is now a vacant warehouse on Progress Ave. in Springfield, if it wins the contract to build 200 subway cars for the MBTA.  Chinese railcar-maker CNR Changchun will locate an assembly plant at the former Westinghouse factory property if it is the successful bidder.   Both sites are on Springfield’s east side.

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Top executives from a Chinese rail car company were back in Springfield, Massachusetts today continuing to lay the groundwork for a factory to build subway cars for the MBTA.  Officials at a local college offered its school of engineering as a resource for the company.

 A decision on building the $30 million factory in Springfield will be made by the end of the year, as Chanchung Railway Vehicles awaits word on the awarding of a contract potentially worth up to $1.5 billion to supply hundreds of new subway cars for the MBTA.  Bids for the project are due by May 15th.


People using public transportation in western Massachusetts will soon be able to tap into 21st century technology.

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Economic development groups in western Massachusetts are taking steps to insure the final assembly of the state’s rail cars happens in their region.

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BOSTON (AP) — Commuters heading back to work in Massachusetts for the first time since the blizzard are being urged to use caution and leave extra time.

Many secondary roads still have a thick coating of snow, and high snow banks that block sight lines at intersections and near highway ramps make turning and merging hazardous.

A bipartisan group of  Massachusetts State  Senators is proposing a new  governing board for the MBTA to go along with a $50 million  financial bailout.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.


            State Senator Gale Candaras of Wilbraham says the MBTA, which operates public transit in the greater Boston area, should not get any more money unless management changes.


The Massachusetts legislature is considering a stop gap funding bill to help out the state’s transit authorities.  People who depend on public transportation hope it will be enough to avoid fare  hikes.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports