Planning commission to discuss increased train service to the area Wednesday

Published: 11/8/2016 10:10:13 AM

More train trips from Springfield through Greenfield are under discussion with restored service in Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke.

The future of the region's rail system will be discussed in a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress St., in Springfield. The state is currently updating its comprehensive rail plan and is seeking public input.

Currently, the Vermonter is the only Amtrak train that travels the rail line and only makes one stop each way in Greenfield, Northampton and Holyoke.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is putting on the talk, said Tim Brennan, executive director of the planning commission.

Among priorities for the region, Brennan said, are lobbying for more trips from the Pioneer Valley to Boston, New Haven and Montreal and upgrading the area's freight lines.

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