Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, state leaders discuss East-West rail plans

Hampden County

BOSTON (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts business people met with top state lawmakers Wednesday. 

Members of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce came to the State House to talk about policies that directly impact residents in the western part of the state. The group met with political leaders like Senate President Karen Spilka, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Governor Charlie Baker. 

Gov. Baker renewed his commitment to residents in western Massachusetts by laying out a plan to improve education, transportation, and housing. 

A big challenge in western Massachusetts is accessing high paying jobs or the costly commute to Boston. The governor supports the study into high-speed rail service between Springfield and  Boston.  

“I think the most important thing on this issue is having a study like this done that literally takes a look at all of the issues that are associated with this, financing issues, the construction issues the logistical issues, all of them and that study I believe will be an important part of the conversation about that,” said Gov. Baker.

Longmeadow State Senator Eric Lesser is leading a group that is looking into the possibility of rail service to western Massachusetts.     

Senator Lesser is hoping that events like the Beacon Hill Summit will help his colleagues see all of the opportunities that could come from East-West rail.

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