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New Commuter Rail Service Between Springfield And New Haven Begins June 16

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     A new era in train travel begins next week in western Massachusetts and Connecticut with the debut of the long-awaited Hartford Line on June 16th

    The weekday schedule has 16 high-speed trains running between Springfield and New Haven, with roughly one train every half-hour during peak commuting times.

    In Springfield, the trains will arrive at and depart from Union Station, which re-opened a year ago after a $95 million restoration.

   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts Department of Transportation CEO Stephanie Pollack about the new train service and prospects for expanding passenger rail in Massachusetts.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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