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Holyoke Station Ribboncutting, Lt. Gov, August 27, 2015Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today joined Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse along with state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the new $4.3 million Holyoke Train Station on the Knowledge Corridor and restoration of Amtrak Vermonter Line service.

The Amtrak Vermonter train arriving this afternoon is the first passenger train to stop in Holyoke since 1966.

The Knowledge Corridor Project enables Amtrak’s Vermonter train to again travel the historic Massachusetts passenger route between Springfield, and East Northfield.

The project is funded through a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grant to bring rail improvements in the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts and restores Amtrak’s Vermonter train service to the line, providing a more direct route, faster service and restored access to the cities of Greenfield and Northampton.

The Knowledge Corridor along Interstate 91 and the Connecticut River Valley extends from Vermont through Greenfield, Northampton, Springfield, Massachusetts to Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut and takes its name from the important cultural, educational, business, and medical facilities in the communities along the corridor.

City officials expect the Holyoke Station’s location on Main Street to boost economic activity in the city.

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