Revamped Festival Gives Nod to Return of Passenger Rail

In anticipation of the return of passenger rail service to Holyoke and in an effort evolve from past successes of Discover Holyoke Day; the non-profit marketing group PassportHolyoke has expanded its fall festival into a three day series of art and cultural events called Next Stop: Holyoke.  This Columbus Day weekend, October 11-12, the Paper City will put on display its art, music, food, sport, history and culture for all to celebrate.

Through a collaboration of local cultural non-profit ...

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Holyoke Announces Call for Art at Mosher Street Rail Bridge

In recognizing that public art creates a unique sense of place and pride for all citizens and visitors to our community; and in preparation for the return of passenger rail service, the City of Holyoke, as part of a Community Development Block Grant has been awarded up to $20,000 in funding to complete an art installation in conjunction with streetscape renovation on Mosher, Main and Race Streets.  This public art installation will transform the Mosher Street Rail Bridge Underpass into ...

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Rail Platform design renderings revealed

At a public meeting on May 21, 2013, engineers from Michael Baker Corporation presented the 25% design plans for the future passenger rail platform to a crowd of roughly 30 people at the Holyoke Transportation Center. The platform will be located at South end of Dwight Street, just south of the intersection of Dwight and Main Streets.

The platform will feature a “butterfly” canopy with runoff directed into rain gardens. The canopy design was modeled after the current canopy and bus ...

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Rail Platform Design Meeting Scheduled

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Holyoke Transportation Center, Room 402-403, to show the current status of the Passenger Rail platform design and hear feedback from the community. The public in encouraged to attend and hear a presentation from the consultant, Michael Baker Engineering, Inc., followed by a question and feedback period.

Construction of the rail platform is planned for this year on the southeast corner of Main and Dwight Streets and ...

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$2 million awarded for construction of Passenger Rail Platform

The City of Holyoke was awarded $2 million for the construction of a passenger rail platform through a MassWorks grant. The award completes the funding necessary to make Holyoke a stop on the future North-South Vermonter line. Holyoke was awarded $166,000 for engineering and design of the platform through a portion of the HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant through the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

The passenger rail stop will be located at the beginning of Dwight Street, south east of the intersection at Main Street. ...

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Envision Depot Square concludes with Food + Fitness Dialogue

Envision Depot Square kicked off a series of discussions on Saturday, October 13 with a block party at the intersection of Dwight and Main Streets, the future site of a passenger rail platform in Holyoke. The next two events featured dialogues on Economic Development, and History and Culture at Gateway City Arts. The final dialogue on Food + Fitness will take place on October 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street.

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Envision Depot Square kicks off with event October 13

With passenger rail service returning to Holyoke, The UMASS Architecture and Design Program is kicking off four community organized events to provide residents with an opportunity to learn more about what that means for economic and community development in their neighborhood.  A Pop-up Block Party will be held on Saturday October 13th, 2012 from 4pm-9pm at the corners of Main and Dwight Streets as a kick off event. The next three events will each cover a different topic relating ...

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Passenger Rail Platform to Connect Center City

On Monday, state and federal officials joined Mayor Alex Morse for a press conference at the intersection of Main and Dwight Streets to announce the return of passenger rail to center city Holyoke. The Mayor led off the event, which also featured Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Congressman John Olver, Congressman Richard Neal, State Senator Michael Knapik, State Senator Thomas McGee and Jonathan Davis, Acting General Manager and Rail & Transit Administrator from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Continue Reading →