Union Station kicks off the holiday travel season

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Wednesday is traditionally the biggest travel day of the year and the travel season will only get busier with Hanukkah and Christmas just around the corner.

With that in mind, a tree lighting ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon at Springfield’s Union Station, a place that will surely be filled with holiday travelers. Congressman Richard Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, and the Director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority were among those who attended.

22News also spoke with Idalia Long who designed and decorated the holiday display, “It’s super special to me because I come from a family that works for Amtrak and I’ve been taking trains since I was a little girl. So being able to honor Union Station is really important to me, especially for the holiday season.”

The tree features a model train that was fabricated by the Amherst Railway Society and travels around the bottom portion of the tree.

Over 48.3 million Americans are expected to hit the road for the holiday this year, one million of those are Massachusetts residents. Union Station offers Amtrak, the Hartford Line that provides round trips to New Haven, Greyhound, Peter Pan, and PVTA bus lines.

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