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Route 2 paving to begin Thursday in Erving
06-05-2024 4:27 PM

ERVING — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is advising motorists that paving work on Route 2 will begin Thursday, June 6, and will conclude on Wednesday, June 12.Work will be conducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each...

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Amtrak expands Valley Flyer service with evening runs to and from Valley to NYC
06-02-2024 5:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Residents in the Pioneer Valley looking to get away to New York City for the weekend now have more of a means to do so, thanks to additional Amtrak Valley Flyer trains running between Greenfield and New Haven, Connecticut, that can...


PVTA, others land state grants to buy vehicles, launch programs that expand coverage
05-24-2024 5:00 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Public transportation services will soon expand and improve throughout the region thanks to an influx of state money that the two transit authorities that cover Hampshire and Franklin counties will use to buy new accessible vehicles and implement...


Report urges full reexamination of regional transit authorities
05-15-2024 2:36 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

MBTA service problems and fiscal dilemmas have commanded significant public attention, but a new report says the regional transit authorities that provided 19 million bus and shuttle rides in 2021 lack connectivity and a “funding bedrock.”The report,...


Officials talk funding for, hear feedback on Northern Tier Passenger Rail
04-01-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) study of the Northern Tier Passenger Rail project continues, officials and consultants Thursday night collected more feedback and laid out some of its potential funding streams in the final...


FRCOG leaders meet with local, state officials to talk transportation challenges
03-19-2024 5:00 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Seeking state support for local transportation infrastructure upgrades, Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) officials took Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt and other state and local...


Public comment sought for Franklin County Bike Plan update
03-06-2024 5:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is asking the public to complete an online survey with an interactive mapping component to provide information for a new Franklin County Bike Plan.By updating the bike plan for the...


Crash data points to ‘crisis’ on Mass. roads
03-03-2024 5:00 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Safety on Massachusetts roadways is “at a crisis level,” the state highway administrator told lawmakers this week as he detailed steps the Department of Transportation has taken to try to prevent some of the most dangerous and deadly situations and to...


Healey names director for east-west rail
02-09-2024 5:00 PM

By James Pentland

NORTHAMPTON — The dream of east-west rail service in Massachusetts came a step closer to reality this week with the appointment of a director for the project.Gov. Maura Healey’s office announced Tuesday that Andy Koziol, currently the state’s rail and...


$108M will boost east-west rail route
09-25-2023 3:55 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts will receive $108 million in federal funds to support improvements to east-west passenger train travel between Springfield, Worcester and Boston, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Gov. Maura Healey announced last Friday.The money...


Route 2 eastbound access in Gill to be restored by month’s end
08-17-2023 5:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GILL — Full access to Route 2 near the Greenfield town line will likely be restored by the end of the month, following a July landslide that necessitated road repairs, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).Selectboard...


MassDOT: Route 2 repairs in Gill expected to take 4 or 5 weeks
08-02-2023 4:01 PM

GILL — Route 2 eastbound just west of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge will be able to reopen to traffic after four or five weeks of work to install an earth support system, the state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.Following substantial...


MassDOT closing Route 2 in Gill to address slope erosion
07-26-2023 4:12 PM

GILL — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is closing Route 2 eastbound just west of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge until further notice to allow crews to efficiently address slope erosion. Following substantial rainfall on Friday...


Bus Stops scrutinized for pedestrian, cyclist safety
07-17-2023 4:59 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Following a pedestrian safety assessment that showed almost half of all Massachusetts pedestrian fatalities or serious injuries happened within 300 feet of a bus stop, the Department of Transportation is looking to use federal funds to make safety...


Mass. gets high marks for EV adoption, despite sluggish rollout
07-03-2023 2:01 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — A national research group continues to see Massachusetts as ahead of the curve and improving when it comes to electric vehicle adoption, even though the Bay State has a long way to go to meet its own rollout goals.The American Council for an...


Doors open on transit authority’s new maintenance, operations facility in Turners Falls
06-08-2023 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The state transportation secretary was on hand Wednesday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s new maintenance and operations facility, a project that has been years in the making.Gina...


Regional schools still waiting for state to keep promise
04-13-2023 4:36 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Though regional school districts could receive more money to pay for student transportation than they’ve gotten in years through Gov. Maura Healey’s fiscal year 2024 budget proposal, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees is still...


French King Bridge safety barrier construction at ‘halfway point’
04-11-2023 5:03 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

The French King Bridge between Gill and Erving is expected to be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic this week as the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues its work to install safety barriers, a project that Gill Police Chief...


Passenger rail commission hears extensive testimony at public hearing in Northampton
03-23-2023 4:19 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — Supporters of enhanced passenger rail service in western Massachusetts packed the Senior Center Tuesday to testify before the legislative commission studying the project’s governance and funding.From as far afield as Greenfield, Palmer...


State assumes responsibility for Fryeville Bridge in Athol
02-26-2023 8:09 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Town Manager Shaun Suhoski had some good news for Athol’s Selectboard.Suhoski presented the board with a letter from state’s Department of Transportation “that confirms that the commonwealth, MassDOT, is going to assume the design,...


$6.44M redesign looks to improve Route 2 intersection in Erving
02-13-2023 9:18 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

ERVING — A proposed redesign of Route 2’s problematic intersection with the east side of Holmes Street looks to improve safety in the Farley village area.The intersection has been the subject of safety concerns for decades and last discussed for...

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