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. The officials committed to providing a stop in Holyoke by 2014 along the North-South line running from Springfield to Vermont and beyond. Also announced at the press conference was the selection of Michael Baker Corporation as the design firm to draw up the plans for the future platform.

On August 10, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick signed the Transportation Bond Bill which included in it a $2 million earmark for the construction of a passenger rail platform in Holyoke. The passing of this bond does not guarantee funding but places the project as a priority for State funding.

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