State Senator Adam Hinds has been appointed by MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack to serve on the Project Advisory Committee for the East-West Passenger Rail Study.
The state is considering an increase in rail service in an effort to expand economic opportunity from Boston to the Berkshires. Hinds has been active in improving transportation infrastructure in his district since first coming to office.
MassDOT’s East-West passenger rail study will evaluate strategies for providing passenger rail service between Boston and Pittsfield, by way of Springfield. The study will examine the costs, benefits, and investments necessary to implement such a service, with speed, frequency, and reliability necessary to be considered a competitive option for travel along the corridor.
The study will also assess the current conditions of the railroad, ridership potential and the estimated investment required for a range of service alternatives, including at least one alternative that will achieve 90-minute travel times between Springfield and Boston.
As part of the effort, MassDOT is convening an Advisory Committee of stakeholders and policymakers to provide input and consultation throughout the process.
The duration of the study is anticipated to be between 12 and 18 months. Advisory Committee members are expected to attend quarterly meetings scheduled around the East-West study process and deliverables.
MassDOT launched a project website, mass.gov/east-west-passenger-rail-study, which will be routinely updated to provide information on this initiative. Those interested in receiving email updates on the project can sign up using this link.