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New Berkshire Flyer Report Details Marketing, Budget

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Josh Landes
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WAMC
State Senator Adam Hinds (L) and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Thomas Matuszko (R) present the new report on the Berkshire Flyer.

The team working on the Berkshire Flyer project says the proposed rail line between New York City and the Berkshires is moving along.

State Senator Adam Hinds – the Western Massachusetts Democrat who has championed the plan – says a report released Friday takes the Berkshire Flyer one step closer to reality. It contained a plan to market the train line, budgeting projections, and details on how visitors would make it from the train station to their destinations in the Berkshires.

“Now we’re ready to move forward with identifying the local sponsor, actually obtaining the funding for the pilot program, and then it’s time for DOT to work with Amtrak and finalize the contract,” Hinds told WAMC.

The pilot is scheduled to launch in June 2020.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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