Friday, October 21, 2011

Western MA Rail Improvements Will Cut Travel Time Between CT & VT

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GREENFIELD – Improvements on the Pan Am Rail line from Springfield to Northfield in the next two years will allow the Amtrak’s Vermonter line to move back to its original route, reduce travel time and restore passenger service to Northampton and Greenfield, the nation’s top railroad official said Thursday.

“It will cut 30 minutes off the trip. These improvements will attract more passengers and contribute to local economies,” said Joseph C. Szabo, administrator of the Federal Rail Administration.

Szabo joined U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, D-Amherst, along with state and local officials Thursday on Miles Street near Greenfield station being built on Olive Street for the ceremonial replacement of the first two of 75,000 railroad ties that will be replaced along the 50-mile stretch of Pan Am’s route from Springfield to Northfield...............

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