New England News
6:15 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Track Upgrades Begin To Bring High Speed Rail To Western Mass.

This site near downtown Holyoke MA is where a passenger platform for high speed rail is proposed

Work has begun on a project that officials say will bring high speed passenger train service to the most heavily populated cities of western Massachusetts.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Hartford Bus Corridor Project Faces Criticism

Connecticut's transportation commissioner is defending a half-billion dollar, bus-only corridor as critics say its construction is wrecking neighborhoods in Hartford. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Commissioner James Redeker said the project is the state's biggest, but officials aren't deterred. He says the state is "1,000 percent" behind delivering the project on schedule and on budget, or perhaps earlier and cheaper.

Redeker said the state will also increase marketing for the project.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Contractor Selected To Helm Union Station Project

The exterior of Union Station in Springfield, MA

A general contractor has been selected to manage the building of a major transportation project in western Massachusetts.  A recent influx of federal  funds  has the long  stalled redevelopment of Springfield’s derelict train station back on the fast track, as WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Berkshire Projects Secured in Transportation Bond Bill

A section of Route 8 in the Berkshires washed out by Tropical Storm Irene.
Patrick Donges/WAMC

This week the Massachusetts Senate passed a transportation bond bill designed to fund a slew of long-term , major transportation projects but time is running out before it can be approved by the Governor. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The bill titled An Act Financing Improvements to the Commonwealth’s Transportation System  was approved by the Senate this week to provide nearly 1.4 billion in state and federal aid to infrastructure projects across Massachusetts.

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5:30 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Work on Vermont Bennington Bypass Delayed

The opening of the northern section of the Bennington Bypass has been delayed a month after the lead contractor assisted with recovery efforts from Tropical Storm Irene.

The Bennington Banner reports contractor J.A. McDonald recently sought an extension because of its efforts to help clear rivers and repair roads following the storm last August.
The northern section of Route 279 is the second of the three-part road system that would allow traffic to bypass downtown Bennington. The first part opened in 2004.
A date for its opening hasn't been announced.

The Roundtable
11:29 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile

We speak with Taras Grescoe about his book, Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile.

New England News
6:30 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Regional Planning Agency Observes 50th Anniversary

A cake for the 50th annivserary celebration of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

A relatively obscure agency created to help manage growth in part of western Massachusetts is marking 50 years of  accomplishments. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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