NARP Meeting in Springfield

 

New England 2017 Regional NARP Meeting – Springfield, MA

‘A Connected New England’

Presented by the National Association of Railroad Passengers

Sa. August 19, 2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sheration Monarch Place Hotel
1 Monarch Place
Springfield, Ma.

 


MEETING SUMMARY

Springfield is at a crossroads, both literally and figuratively. From the remodeled Union Station to the under-construction MGM Casino, major investments are being made in Springfield’s civic and economic growth. And geographically, Springfield is a key connecting point between the Boston area and upstate New York, as well as between Western Connecticut and Vermont.

Join us as we discuss the role of passenger rail in connecting these regions and the economic development that inevitably follows such investments.

Among other issues, we’ll discuss the need to extend the MBTA’s commuter rail west from Worcester to Springfield, as well as the need to run more frequent service north and south along the “knowledge corridor” between Springfield and Greenfield via Holyoke and Northampton.

A Connected New England benefits the entire region, and Springfield is key.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Timothy Brennan
Executive Director
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Jim Mathews
President/CEO
National Association of Railroad Passengers

Lunch Remarks:

Springfield Mayor
Dominic Sarno

Meeting Program Includes A Complete Hot Lunch Buffet

REGISTRATION LEVELS

Early Regular Attendee Registration
$45.00 If Paid In Full By August 11

Late Attendee Registration
$50.00 If Paid After August 11 or At Door

Student Attendee Registration – $25.00

Sponsor Level Registration – $100.00

 

On-line Registration is now Closed

Please register in-person at the registration table at the event between 10:30 am and 11 am.
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TENTATIVE AGENDA

9:30: Morning tour of Springfield Union Station (RSVP required)

10:30 – 11:00: Check-in and on-site registration

11:00 – 11:10: Welcoming remarks and council introductions
11:10 – 11:50:  Jim Mathews, plus Q&A
11:50 – 12:00: Break

12:00 – 13:00: LUNCH, with speakers
> 12:15: Brief remarks from Mayor Sarno
> 12:30ish: State updates, complete by 12:50

13:00 – 14:00: Tim Brennan, plus Q&A
“Leveraging Rail Assets and Connections to Move the Knowledge Corridor’s Economy”

14:00 – 15:00: Adjourn and socialize

15:30: Afternoon tour of Union Station (RSVP not required)

 


SPRINGFIELD UNION STATION TOURS

For meeting attendees, a general post-meeting tour of the newly-remodeled Springfield Union Station will be available at 3:30 pm.

A pre-meeting tour at 9:30 am is available by specific advance request. If you are interested in a tour at this time please contact Tom Girsch at tgirsch@yahoo.com to reserve a spot.

 

Last updated: August 19, 2017

Rail News Roundup #3

 

The latest regional rail news from Trains In The Valley

Today’s Reports

• Hartford Line service to begin in May 2018

• Amtrak Inspection Train Runs North to Montreal

• EVENT | NARP meeting in Springfield | Aug 19th

• EVENT | Knowledge Corridor Transportation Conference | Oct 18th

• Central Corridor Passenger Rail Study Released

• Rebooting New England | UPenn Graduate Planning Studio

• TIV website | Updated station information pages

• TIV website | Northampton Underpass project update

 



Hartford Line service to begin in May 2018

New Meriden station – under construction | June 29, 2017

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has announced that the “Hartford Line” commuter rail service – between New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield, Ma. – will start in May 2018.

When the Hartford Line service launches, a total of 17 roundtrip trains between New Haven and Hartford will operate each weekday, with 12 of those roundtrip trains continuing to Springfield. On weekends, a total of 13 roundtrip trains will operate between New Haven and Hartford, with 9 of those trains continuing onto Springfield.

A joint venture of TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts was chosen over Amtrak and three other bidders as the service provider for the service.

See also
Train In The Valley | Hartford Line

Further reading
“Gov. Malloy Announces TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts Selected as Service Provider for the Hartford Line”
Press Release | The Office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy | July 24, 2017

“Connecticut DOT picks transit team to operate Hartford Line”
By Luther Turmelle | New Haven Register | July 24, 2017

“DOT: Amtrak’s history not a factor in selection of joint venture to operate CTtrail Hartford Line”
By Mike Savino | Meriden Record-Journal | July 25, 2017

 


Amtrak Inspection Train Runs to Montreal

NECR trestle at East Alburgh, Vt. | looking East | July 18, 2017
Photo Credit: Kevin Burkholder | Steel Wheels Photography
Source: http://www.railpictures.net/photo/623639/ | Image used with permission

Amtrak operated an inspection train from St. Albans, Vt. (SAB) to Montreal (MTR) on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – another clear signal that plans are progressing to extend the Vermonter north into Canada.

In this image the inspection train is seen crossing the upper part of Lake Champlain on the New England Central railroad (NECR) trestle at East Alburgh, Vt. Various reports suggest that Amtrak President & CEO Wick Moorman was on the train along with other U.S. and Canadian officials.

People who remember taking Amtrak’s former overnight train – the “Montrealer” – north may recall that crossing this trestle was the indication that the train was just moments away from entering Canada.

See also
Trains In The Valley | Vermonter Extension to Montreal

 


EVENT | NARP meeting in Springfield | August 19th

‘A Connected New England’

New England Regional Meeting of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP)

Saturday, August 19, 2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel – Springfield, Ma.

Keynote Speakers:
Timothy Brennan
Executive Director, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Jim Mathews
President/CEO, National Association of Railroad Passengers

Note that this meeting is open to the public.

Further information is available on this link
https://www.narprail.org/events/new-england-2017-regional-meeting

 


EVENT | Knowledge Corridor Transportation Conference

Mark your calendar for the special half-day conference, “Leveraging the Knowledge Corridor’s Transportation Assets and Investments to Drive Economic Progress.”

Date and time | Wednesday, October 18, 2017 / 8 am – 11.45 am

Venue | Springfield Union Station

The keynote speaker will be Robert Puentes, President/CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation.  Panelists will include five members of Congress from the region:  Richard Neal and James McGovern from Massachusetts and John Larson, Rosa DeLauro, and Elizabeth Esty from Connecticut.

The meeting agenda also includes plans for talks by Connecticut Commissioner of Transportation James Redeker and his counterpart in the Bay State, Stephanie Pollack, Secretary/CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Further details to follow

 


Central Corridor Passenger Rail Study Released by MassDOT

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has posted a copy of the recently completed Central Corridor Passenger Rail Feasibility Study on their website. The study, which apparently has been in the works since 2014, examines the implementation and operation of  intercity passenger rail service along the Central Corridor.

The Central Corridor is a freight rail line running north-south approximately 100 miles between Brattleboro, Vt. and New London, Ct., including the communities of Amherst and Palmer, MA. MassDOT conducted the feasibility study to examine potential for intercity passenger rail service along the Central Corridor.

It is unclear at this time what if anything MassDOT plans to do now that this study is complete.

The report can be viewed on this link
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/planning/Main/CompletedStudies.aspx

 


Rebooting New England | UPenn Graduate Planning Studio

Rebooting New England, a Fall 2016 graduate planning studio convened by the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, sets forth a strategy to rebuild the economy of New England’s cities, which have been bypassed economically and physically for decades.

This strategy is underpinned by a modern high-performance rail network between New York and Boston that would link all of New England’s urban centers with these two global cities and with each other.

The 184-page report, which is audacious in its scope, looked closely at the UK initiative known as the “Northern Powerhouse”, an economic revitalization plan for the North of England and its older industrial cities. Underlying this strategy is the $52 billion high-speed rail project, which will link London with Manchester and Leeds. Another planned line will create a network that links all of the major cities in the North of England with each other.

Interesting summer reading.

The report can be viewed this link
https://www.design.upenn.edu/city-regional-planning/graduate/work/rebooting-new-england

 


TIV website | Updated station information pages

The station information pages on the website have been updated and refreshed.

Direct links to these pages can be found  below:

Amtrak Station | Greenfield, Ma. (GFD)

Amtrak Station | Holyoke, Ma. (HLK)

Amtrak Station | Northampton, Ma. (NHT)

Amtrak Station | Springfield Union Station (SPG)

 


TIV website | Northampton Underpass project update

Construction progress image of the new bicycle/pedestrian underpass
Northampton, Ma. | Behind the Walgreens – looking South | July 16, 2017

Continued progress at the bike and pedestrian underpass work site in Northampton.

Additional new images and commentary can be found on this link
Train In The Valley | Northampton Underpass