Ridership rose dramatically on Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses after Massachusetts state-financed service changes took effect earlier this year. Nationally, it appears public transit is growing more popular.
Ridership jumped 12 percent in September and 9 percent in October as the state’s second-largest transit authority rolled out the biggest change in fixed-route bus schedules in nearly a decade. PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes said she was thrilled by the latest ridership data.
The Patrick administration has awarded funding to help train people for jobs in the new Massachusetts casino industry.
Holyoke Community College is getting a $1.75 million grant to build a Center for Hospitality and Culinary Excellence that will be used in part to prepare people for casino-related jobs. HCC President William Messner has led the effort to partner with the casino industry on workforce development.
" We see this as simply an extension of our tradition, of our mission to provide first class training for businesses and organizations."
The end is near for the last coal-fired power plant in western Massachusetts. Mount Tom Station in Holyoke is to shut down by the end of the month bringing a victory for environmentalists and a quandary about what will become of the plant’s property along the Connecticut River.