Transportation

East-West rail receives $50 million boost with passage of state’s Transportation Bond Bill

The Massachusetts Senate approved nearly $17 billion in borrowing to fund the state’s transportation system, including nearly $50 million in spending earmarked for the east-west rail project. The sweeping legislative package — a modified version of Gov. Charlie Baker’s bond bill proposed last year — would authorize billions of dollars in transportation investments over the…

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State Announces Updated Travel Guidelines to Support COVID-19 Response

The Baker-Polito administration announced new COVID-19 public health guidelines on travel and transportation. Effective today, July 1, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts, including residents returning home, are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. This guidance does not apply to travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, or New Jersey. Additionally, workers…

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East West Passenger Rail Study

Thank you for sharing your thoughtful comments and preferences on which three alternatives should be carried into the final analysis phase of the East-West Passenger Rail Study. We have reviewed and compiled the information received from the Advisory Committee members, and most responses conveyed that there should be no bus options included in the final…

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Peter Pan Bus Lines resumes service after coronavirus shutdown

Peter Pan Bus Lines resumed some of its intercity service Friday following a three-month shutdown prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Company chairman Peter Picknelly described service as “limited, in major city pairs.” Service began between major cities at 6 a.m. The first bus left Springfield at 10 a.m. Read the source article at masslive.com

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Peter Pan Bus Lines to resume service June 5

Peter Pan has been mostly shut down since March due to travel restrictions meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It’s the first time the family-owned company has not offered bus service in its 87-year history. Peter Pan carried 5.7 million passengers in 2019 and serves more than 100 communities up and down the…

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Big E Projected to Go On, but Some Things Will Be Different

Gene Cassidy likes to say those at the Big E ‘manufacture’ the 17-day annual fair that is by far the biggest single event on the region’s calendar. “It’s like putting an automobile together,” he told BusinessWest. “You really can’t cut components out and expect the vehicle to run; it costs ‘X’ number of dollars to…

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Coronavirus: Amtrak suspends Vermonter passenger train through Springfield; other north-south trains run on Saturday schedule

Amtrak has suspended service of the Vermonter long-distance train north of New Haven, Connecticut, the railroad announced this week. The train normally goes from Washington, D.C., up the eastern seaboard to New Haven and then on through Hartford and Springfield, ending in St. Albans, Vermont. The Vermonter will not run on Sundays until further notice.…

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