east-west passenger rail | WAMC

east-west passenger rail

Springfield's Union Station
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

A report released this week by two regional planning agencies makes a business case for proposed passenger rail improvements in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

A CTrail passenger train races by a rail crossing in Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Paul Tuthill / WAMC

After two years of study, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is about to release a report that contains no recommendation on building an east-west passenger rail link.

Passenger rail platform at Union Station
Trains In The Valley (https://trainsinthevalley.org/2020/01/25/rail-news-roundup-32/

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced three final options for passenger rail service between Pittsfield and Boston.

This is a picture of an Amtrak train
wikipedia.org

    A major development is expected next week in the long running effort to expand passenger rail service in western Massachusetts.

A white man in a suit smiles in front of a wall with framed photos on it
Josh Landes / WAMC

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey has unveiled new legislation calling for the creation of a massive intercity rail network across the Northeast and the rest of the country.

WAMC

     Advocates for linking western and eastern Massachusetts by passenger rail are critical of a new report that estimates the costs would be high and the ridership relatively low. 

Gov. Charlie Baker
WAMC

The restoration of Union Station in Springfield is seen as a catalyst for the increase in rail ridership in western Massachusetts.  The project was also the spark for a much anticipated study into expanded train service for the region.

This is a picture of an Amtrak train
wikipedia.org

  A much-anticipated feasibility study on east-west passenger rail service in Massachusetts has been delayed. 

WAMC

    A new boarding platform for train passengers at Springfield’s Union Station may be open in time for the busy holiday travel season.

      The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill that would pay people to move to western Massachusetts.

WAMC

    

     The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is examining six options for east-west passenger rail.   Already some of the scenarios appear to be nonstarters.