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MassDOT Formal_LogoMassDOT and the Vermont Agency of Transportation will air findings on a study to expand regional intercity passenger rail service at three public meetings to be held in Massachusetts and Vermont in September.

The study, known as the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative, examined the potential to expand passenger rail service to serve large and small communities along a 470-mile corridor across New England, Quebec, and New York.

The studied service would provide both long-distance and regional passenger train services. Covering longer distances than commuter trains, these trains would connect to a large network of metropolitan areas and small towns.

After examining needs in the region and possible service options, the study team developed a cost-effective plan for increasing services along the corridor to meet passenger demand over the next 20 years. Proposed service improvements include one roundtrip train between Montreal and New Haven, one roundtrip train between Montreal and Boston, and eight roundtrip trains between Boston and New Haven via Springfield. Each train would run local service, stopping at each station, with speed improvements up to 79 mph.

Two meetings are planned in Massachusetts and one will be held in Vermont on the following dates:

Wednesday, September 16, 7 pm, Massachusetts Department of Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Conference Room 1, Second Floor, Boston (Bring Photo ID)

Thursday, September 17, 7 pm, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress Street, Second Floor, Springfield

Thursday, September 24, 7 pm, Hotel Coolidge, 39 S Main Street, White River Junction, VT

Meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities. To request any language (non-English) interpretation assistance, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternative formats, or information on the meeting, please contact: Jessica Ortiz by email jortiz@fhiplan.com or by phone (917) 933-7440 by September 14, 2015.

Additional information on the study is available on the web: www.massdot.state.ma.us/northernnewenglandrail

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