As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is developing its plan to replace a bridge over a vital freight rail corridor in Pittsfield, members of the public are being asked for their opinions.  WAMC’s Berkshire bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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Massachusetts is facing huge budget deficits in its highway and mass transit systems. The Patrick administration is likely to call early next year for higher taxes and tolls.  The state, meanwhile, is putting millions of dollars more into a major transportation project in western Massachusetts.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

State and federal officials have announced $120 million in federal funding to build part of a high-speed rail project between New Haven, Conn. and Springfield, Mass.

The 62-mile project calls for service every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 60 minutes at other times. Speeds would reach up to 110 miles an hour.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office projects 1.26 million riders annually by 2030.


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.

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.


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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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.

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.


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.