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New York News
2:49 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

NYSERDA Awards Support Transportation Innovation

Credit Wikimedia Commons/Ildar Sagdejev

This week, the Cuomo administration announced $4.3 million in grants for projects that would reduce the environmental impact of transportation in New York.

The 17 awards, administered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority – or NYSERDA – are focused on technologies that would reduce dependence on fossil fuels, cut down on pollution, and promote healthier lifestyles.

Spokeswoman Kate Muller said NYSERDA’s focus on technology is an aspect of reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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New England News
6:40 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Sen. Markey Stresses Support of Berkshire Economic Development

U.S. Senator Edward Markey, left, joined Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi to talk about economic development and public safety.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

U.S. Senator Edward Markey visited Pittsfield today on a tour of western Massachusetts.

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New England News
6:40 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Recognizing 100 Years at Grand Central

Francis Morrone sitting on the porch of Ventfort Hall where he will give a lecture on Grand Central Terminal. This year is the 100th anniversary of the terminal's opening.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

An upcoming lecture in western Massachusetts will celebrate 100 years of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Francis Morrone has long been fascinated by Grand Central and its engineering feats that occurred near the turn of the 20th century.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Advocacy Group Launches New Effort To Support Passenger Rail Expansion In Berkshires

Karen Christensen (right) and her daughter, Rachel
Credit The Berkshire Train Campaign

A group advocating for passenger rail service from the Berkshires to New York City is launching a new volunteer effort to bring its message to a wider audience.

Karen Christensen, a Great Barrington resident and founder and CEO of the Berkshire Publishing Group, said she first became interested in advocating to bring passenger rail service from New York to the Berkshires after returning from a trip to China in August of 2011. After communicating with her neighbors, colleagues, and other business owners, by late 2012, she had founded the Berkshire Train Campaign.

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New England News
4:59 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Berkshire Lawmakers React To FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes

Lawmakers in the Berkshires are reacting to the fiscal year 2014 budget signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Friday.

Last week, Governor Patrick signed a $33.6 billion state budget into law. Patrick’s initial budget proposal called for significant investments in education, which lawmakers in the Berkshires supported.

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New England News
6:32 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Mass. Governor Signs FY 2014 Budget, Vetoes Transportation Funding

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today signed the fiscal year 2014 budget into law and vetoed millions of dollars dedicated toward transportation and local aid in a bid to pressure lawmakers to accept his revisions to a still unresolved transportation finance bill.

Governor Patrick addressed reporters at a press conference after signing the $33.6 billion spending plan. He paid specific attention to programs that aim to close the achievement gap, reduce healthcare costs, and prevent youth violence. 

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Berkshire Democrats Back Plan To Reinstate Tolls On Mass Pike

Credit MassDOT

Democratic lawmakers in the Berkshires have voiced their support for a transportation budget that would reinstate tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike from the New York border through Springfield.

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New England News
5:48 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Berkshire County Planning Efforts Focus On Transportation, Life Sciences

Planning efforts surrounding economic development through the life sciences and transportation in the Berkshires are about to head into their next stages.

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is asking county residents to weigh in on planning efforts examining potential station locations for North-South passenger rail between Pittsfield and the state border with Connecticut, as part of a $240,000 federal grant. 

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New England News
4:08 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Transportation Bill Faces Uncertain Fate In Mass. Senate

Credit WAMC

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is poised to vote on raising taxes, including a 3 cent increase in the gasoline tax, to fund the state’s transportation system.

   The $500 million dollar tax increase faces an uncertain fate in the Massachusetts Senate, according to Democratic State Senator James Welch of West Springfield.

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New England News
3:49 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers Begin Debate on Legislative Leaders' Transportation Plan

Credit Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

The transportation funding plan unveiled by Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts state legislature has been met with a mixed response, with Democratic Governor Deval Patrick threatening to veto the plan if certain objectives aren’t met and House Republicans criticizing the plan for raising taxes without making other reforms to government.

And lawmakers in the Berkshires seem to be equally as divided on supporting the plan introduced by House Speaker Robert Deleo and Senate President Therese Murray, both Democrats, last week.

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