Rail News Roundup #6


Regional Rail news for the Pioneer Valley

Summary of Today’s Reports

• Updated Knowledge Corridor Conference Program

• CTrail Hartford Line Factsheet Released

• MassMoves Report Shows Strong Support for Rail Service

• Sixt Rent a Car opens office at Union Station

• Trash Cleared at the Station in Holyoke

• Vermont Rail Action Network Annual dinner


Knowledge Corridor Transportation Conference
Springfield Union Station
We. October 18, 2017 | 7:30 am – 12 Noon | Free
Please note that this event is now Sold Out

Live Stream link
(live stream starts at 9 am ET)


Updated Knowledge Corridor Conference Program

An updated program (shown below) for this week’s “State of the Region” Transportation Conference has been released.

The most notable update is that Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy will be be attending the conference and making a few brief opening remarks.

Note that this event will be Live Streamed on this link:

Final Conference Program | October 17, 2017


CTrail Hartford Line Factsheet Released

CTrail Hartford Line Service Factsheet | October 2017
Source: http://www.nhhsrail.com/pdfs/hartfordline-factsheet-final.pdf

Of particular note:

  • Hartford Line fares will be similar to the current fares on CTrail’s Shore Line East service, which operates between New Haven and New London.
  • Parking at CTrail stations is expected to be $2/day and $20/month, with free parking on weekends and holidays.
  • The CTRail Hartford Line website is reported to be “coming soon.”


MassMoves Report Shows Strong Support for Rail Service

Recently released MassMoves report shows strong support for improved and expanded passenger rail service across the Commonwealth.

“Whatever region people came from, people saw regional rail as a top mobility priority,” said Jim Aloisi, a former state transportation secretary who worked on the Senate study.”¹

“Asked what effect the latest study will have on the Springfield to Boston rail proposal, State Senate President Stan Rosenberg replied, ‘We’ve got to do it. We’ve got to get rail going all over the state.’ “¹

MassMoves Report | October 2017 | Page 24

Nine regional MassMoves workshops were held as part of the State Senate’s Commonwealth Conversations listening tour between January and April 2017.

The Western Region meeting, which was held in Springfield on March 28th, attracted an overflow crowd of 104 participants and 14 state senators.

MassMoves Report | October 2017 | Page 40

Further Reading

2017 MassMoves Report (no longer available)

¹ “Study finds improving rail service is top transit priority for Western Mass. residents”
By Shira Schoenberg | MassLive.com | September 26, 2017


Sixt Rent a Car opens at Springfield Union Station

Sixt Rent a Car has opened a rental location at Springfield Union Station.

Springfield Union Station | October 12, 2017

The Sixt office is now open from 8 am – 5 pm Monday thru Friday.

Rental cars can be picked up or dropped of on the ground floor of the Union Station Parking Garage.


Trash Cleared at the Station in Holyoke

Full trash cans on the platform | Holyoke, Ma. | October 12, 2017

We received a report of full trash cans on the station platform in Holyoke — so we reported the issue using the City of Holyoke’s page on SeeClickFix.com. The problem was resolved the same day.

A minor point, yes — but details like this matter. Overflowing trash cans are unsightly and they have the potential of attracting rodents.


Vermont Rail Action Network Annual Dinner

The Vermont Rail Action Network’s (VRAN) annual dinner and award celebration will be held on Wednesday evening November 8th in Rutland.

This is an important rail advocacy event in Vermont and we will be attending the dinner to show our support for VRAN’s ongoing efforts to improve passenger rail service in Vermont — in particular the Vermonter.

Please contact us if you are interested in car pooling to this event from either the Whatley or Greenfield Park and Ride lots.

VRAN event registration link



Posting last updated: October 17, 2017