New study to look at Mass. high-speed rail service

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The State Senate has approved a study to look at the cost and economic impact of high-speed rail passenger trains between Springfield and Boston.

Tim Brennan of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission told 22News expanded rail service to western Mass would capitalize on the affordability of our region. People could still work in Boston without paying to live out there. But he said they’ll need a strong case to move forward.

“We’re not going to be able to attract millions of dollars in public money until we can show solid ridership, good economic benefits, a practical way to do this in a reasonable amount of time,” said Brennan.

Brennan said expanding service between Boston and Worcester has really benefited Central Mass., and he believes the same could be done for the Valley.

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