New England News
6:20 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Two Companies Bidding For MBTA Work Plan Springfield Factories

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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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New England News
6:27 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Chinese Rail Car Maker Taps Resources For Possible Springfield Factory

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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.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

BRTA To Roll Out Electronic Charlie Card

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

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New England News
5:05 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Agencies Working To Bring Rail Car Manufacturing To Berkshires

Massachusetts will require final assembly of MBTA rail cars to be completed in the commonwealth.
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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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New England News
6:38 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mass. urges caution on 1st work day since blizzard

Traffic on Interstate 93 near Bunker Hill College in Boston at around 6:30 a.m., Monday, February 11, 2013.
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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.

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New England News
4:30 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Finance Control Board For MBTA Proposed

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.

New England News
6:25 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Possible Transit Fare Hikes Protested

People in downtown Springfield MA protest possible public transit fare hikes

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

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