Improving Western Mass Rail – Hodge Working with Regional Leaders to Assess Service Options

Having played a lead role in the feasibility study and federal funding application for the Knowledge Corridor (which relocated Amtrak service to the Connecticut River Line), Hodge is working with regional leaders to assess potential rail improvements for the region.  For the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) and Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Hodge is analyzing the detailed capital and operating costs, ridership, and revenue of a planned pilot service that would extend more rail service north from Springfield to Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield.  This could mean up to 4 more roundtrip trains for the Valley in addition to the Vermonter.  In a separate effort, he is working with PVPC and the Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) to assess the benefits, costs, ridership, funding, and service level options of the long-planned Inland Route service that would greatly improve the rail connection from Boston to Springfield, and continue south to New Haven and New York.