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903, 2020

Summary Information for An Act Funding a Study of Passenger Service on the Housatonic Rail Line

By |March 9th, 2020|

The Housatonic Line—also known as the Berkshire Line—was the route to the Berkshires from 1842 until 1971, when service stopped along with similar closures across the United States. It operates today as a freight line run by Housatonic Railroad Company. Download the March-2020 Housatonic Line handout. The Massachusetts portion of the track was purchased in 2014. From the agreement: “MassDOT’s acquisition of the Railroad Assets is intended to facilitate the Commonwealth’s long-term plans to restore regional passenger train service linking the New York City metropolitan area and the Northeast Corridor megalopolis generally with the Berkshire region of western Massachusetts. The [...]

903, 2020

Transport Bill Moves To MA Senate

By |March 9th, 2020|

Major Transportation Funding Bill Passes the Massachusetts House And here's a good overview from T4MA: Transportation for Massachusetts Summary All six amendments supported by the Western Mass Rail Coalition were included in a consolidated amendment. Now we need to focus on the final language and on getting the bill passed by the senate and then signed by the governor. Ask your senators and Governor Charlie Baker to support H.4506 An Act Authorizing and Accelerating Transportation Investment and H.4508 An Act Relative to Transportation Finance. And ask them to support Senate Bill SB2096 and House Bill HB3110 (HD1892), An Act Funding a Study of Passenger Service on [...]

2802, 2020

Let’s also keep CT in mind – read what then-governor Dannel Malloy told the Berkshire Record

By |February 28th, 2020|

There's been so much going on in Massachusetts, exciting developments and a lot of debate, and that winding road down to New Milford looks a lot longer in the winter. But we can't forget our friends, and the rail line, in Connecticut. It was good to have a reminder in the excellent Berkshire Record article, "Berkshire legislators introduce Housatonic rail line passenger service study" by Evan Triantafilidis (February 17, 2020), about the MA House and Senate bills, of a 2015 conversation with then-governor Malloy of CT: Christensen says a similar upgrade to the 37 miles of track in Connecticut is [...]

2301, 2020

Massachusetts News

By |January 23rd, 2020|

Links to legislators are below. Be sure to add your full name and local address. Your voice counts whether you are a voter, a resident, or a second-home owner or renter. Click here to write to Senator Adam Hind Click here to write to Rep. Smitty Pignatelli Click here to write to Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier Click here to write to Rep. John Barrett Click here to write to Rep. Paul Mark For other legislators, use this link (while MAPC is in the Boston region, this link works statewide) And we'll be very grateful if you would cc the Train Campaign: [email protected] Railroad Show in [...]

2301, 2020

Connecticut News

By |January 23rd, 2020|

In CT, transportation is one of the big issues in 2020. These suggested comments come from Transport Hartford: CT2030 Plan – Overall, the state needs to include more bus transit (10% of the total) and active transportation (walking and biking infrastructure, 2% of the total).  This would be achievable by getting rid of any interstate or state route widening projects and only doing “cost of good repair.”  The commuter rail projects in the CT2030 plan are important as well, and were well represented.  What is important with rail projects is to benchmark the costs (not overspend) and focus investments on improvements [...]

2301, 2020

National Comment Deadline: January 31st

By |January 23rd, 2020|

Click HERE to submit your comment about what federal transportation priorities should be. Here are some details about this call for comment from the US Department of Transportation. Its title is Request for Information: Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success. This notice requests comments on unmet transportation infrastructure needs in rural transportation, barriers that rural communities face in addressing these needs, stakeholders' experiences with applying to and using DOT discretionary grant and credit programs, and opportunities for DOT to improve its services and technical assistance to rural communities in relation to these grant and credit programs. . . . A [...]

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