Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

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This is Bay State Bike Week.  The annual event began 15 years ago as a small regional effort in the Pioneer Valley to promote riding bicycles to work.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Josiah Niederbach of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission one of the organizers of bike week.

US Cuts Fail To Slow New England High-Speed Rail

Jan 20, 2014

Higher-speed trains and inter-city rail service in New England remain on track despite a congressional budget deal that eliminated spending.

Transportation officials in Connecticut and Massachusetts say money has already been allocated from stimulus spending in 2009 and other federal funds. Work on a higher-speed rail line in Vermont was completed in 2012, and officials are looking to extend rail service from the shoreline of Long Island Sound to western Massachusetts.

At a meeting today in Chicopee ,top federal and state housing officials praised a newly released plan for expanding access to housing in a large area of western Massachusetts.

The report by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is the first effort to create a regional housing plan that covers 43 diverse western Massachusetts communities including impoverished urban centers, well-off suburbs, and rural sparsely populated towns. 

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Massachusetts is going to offer a secure electronic data storage service for municipalities at a new facility in Springfield. Its part of an effort by the state to help communities with information technology needs.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports