Commuter trains from Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton, Greeenfield could begin next year, Massachusetts transportation secretary Stephanie Pollack says

February 4, 2016

By Jim Kinney |

SPRINGFIELD – Planning is in the early stages, but a pilot program to run frequent north-south commuter trains on the “Knowledge Corridor” tracks from Springfield stopping in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield could begin a year from now in the spring of 2017.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts secretary and chief executive officer of the state Department of Transportation, made the prediction Wednesday following a meeting with local transportation and transit planners and the mayors of Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Agawam.

She said MassDOT is working now on a memorandum of understanding for long-dreamed-of project with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

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