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Tuesday, September 15 2015

Interstate Rail Initiative Meeting Thursday

Adapted from a MassDOT press release:

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Vermont Agency of Transportation will air their findings on a study to expand regional intercity passenger rail service at 3 public meetings this month, including 1 in Springfield.

The study, known as the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative (NNEIRI), examined the potential to expand passenger rail service to serve large and small communities along a 470-mile corridor across New England, Quebec, and New York. The proposed service would provide both long-distance and regional passenger train services. Covering longer distances than commuter trains, these trains would connect to a large network of metropolitan areas and small towns.

After examining needs in the region, and possible service options, the study team developed a cost-effective plan for increasing services along the corridor to meet passenger demand over the next 20 years. Proposed service improvements include 1 roundtrip train between Montreal and New Haven, 1 roundtrip train between Montreal and Boston, and 8 roundtrip trains between Boston and New Haven via Springfield. Each train would run local service, stopping at each station, with speed improvements up to 79 mph.

Further results will be discussed this Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 7PM, at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission located at 60 Congress Street, 2nd Floor, in Springfield.  The location is accessible to people with disabilities.  Additional information on the study is available at: