Plan to expand high-speed rail from Springfield to Boston, and beyond

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A decade from now, you might be able to get from Springfield, to Boston and to Canada through high-speed rail service. That was one of the subjects discussed during a meeting Tuesday morning in Springfield, promoting the benefits of rail service to western Massachusetts.

Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) sponsored a bill in January that would look at the feasibility of a high-speed rail line running between Springfield and Boston. Lesser, along with members of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission went over potential costs and benefits of the project Tuesday.

If Lesser’s bill is approved by the Legislature, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation would submit a report outlining the rail line’s potential impacts by August. The line itself already exists, and is known as the “Inland Route.”

“We need a better east-west real connection, so there’s a very massive study underway. We would not just look at connecting Springfield to Boston, but actually Boston to Montreal,” Tim Brennan of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission said.

A study on the rail service is expected to be finished by the end of the calendar year.

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