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Gov. Charlie Baker shows support for east-west rail in Massachusetts

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A proposal to expand passenger rail service between western Massachusetts and Boston gained support from Gov. Charlie Baker Tuesday. During a press conference at Springfield's Union Station, Baker, and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal announced the agreement. The deal calls for a new authority to oversee the project. Neal, a Democrat who chairs the House Ways and Means committee, said that panel will serve ...

East-west rail: Gov. Charlie Baker, US Rep. Richard Neal call for commission; federal funds to be sought

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Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal called Tuesday for a Western Massachusetts passenger rail authority that would apply for federal funds and evenly administer expanded east-west commuter rail. “This is an agreement on a path forward here,” Baker said. Amtrak, which has been vocal about its plans to expand in the Northeast, would run the trains, Baker said in a news conference with Neal...

Agreement reached to advance rail service west of Worcester

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Federal and state officials Tuesday agreed on a path forward to extend passenger rail service west of Worcester to the cities of Springfield and Pittsfield, an effort designed to finally connect the eastern and western parts of the state by rail. Speaking with reporters after a meeting at Springfield’s Union Station, Governor Charlie Baker and Congressman Richard Neal described plans for the Legis...

Passenger Rail Authority to oversee East-West train service between Worcester and Springfield, Pittsfield

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State and federal leaders agree the development of a Passenger Rail Authority to oversee the East-West Rail project will be important to transportation in Central and Western Massachusetts. On Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker and Rep. Richard Neal addressed the media at Union Station in Springfield to discuss the project to extend passenger rail service into Springfield and Pittsfield. Baker and Neal s...

UMass Amherst opens aviation training and research center in partnership with Westover military base and airport

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Can one person direct planes to fly into three different airports from a remote location? What is the best way to fill the shortage of air traffic controllers? What steps can be taken to improve safety at civilian and military airports nationwide? The University of Massachusetts Amherst is hoping to answer those questions and many more with the official opening of its Aviation Research and Trainin...

Amtrak starts New York-Berkshires seasonal train service

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The Berkshires of western Massachusetts, one of the state’s most popular touríst destinations, will be easier to reach for the next two summers with the launch of seasonal Amtrak service from New York City. The Berkshire Flyer service will start July 8 and operate on weekends during the summer with a Friday afternoon departure from New York’s Penn Station to Pittsfield, with several stops includin...

Westover Air Reserve Base celebrates completion of rebuilt $32 million runway

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A newly rebuilt runway at Westover Air Reserve Base is being called key to keeping the base in Chicopee and helping the 439th Airlift Wing do its job. Base commander Col. Joseph Janik and other Westover personnel joined with Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Chicopee Mayor John L. Vieau and others to celebrate the reconstruction of the main runway Tuesday morning. “We are ensuring tha...

Westover Air Reserve Base completes $32M reconstruction of main runway

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For the first time in more than 70 years, Westover Air Reserve Base has a completely rebuilt its main runway, which used by the Air Force’s largest jets. Base officials are scheduled to officially open the runway on Tuesday. Col. Joseph Janik, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, has invited Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, to join him in the ribbon-cutting ceremony...

US Rep. Richard E. Neal, union workers in Springfield hail Postal Service Reform Act

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Saying it preserves a crucial link, especially for those with limited mobility, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, celebrated a new postal reform law Monday. “For two years, in the worst moments of the pandemic‚ mail was delivered every day on time,” Neal said outside the U.S. Postal Service’s main Springfield office on Main Street, accompanied by local postal workers. “Street upon street, ...

Congressman Neal celebrates Postal Service Reform Act with local postal workers

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Monday in Springfield, Congressman Richard Neal joined postal employees and union workers outside the Main Street Post Office to celebrate the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act of 2022. According to Congressman Neal, the legislation, which was signed into law last week, enacted several overdue changes to address financial challenges, improve mail delivery, and support postal workers and retiree...

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