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Deerfield residents petitioning to fix ‘dangerous’ intersection
04-20-2024 6:47 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With 12 collisions between 2021 and 2023 and likely an even greater number of close calls at the intersection of Routes 5 and 10, North Main Street and Mill Village Road, two residents have launched a petition asking the state Department...

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PVTA, others land state grants to buy vehicles, launch programs that expand coverage
05-22-2024 4:16 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Public transportation services will soon expand and improve throughout the region thanks to an influx of state money that the two transit authorities that cover Hampshire and Franklin counties will use to buy new accessible vehicles and implement...


Officials talk funding for, hear feedback on Northern Tier Passenger Rail
04-01-2024 1:58 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s study of the Northern Tier Passenger Rail project continues, officials and consultants recently collected more feedback and laid out some of its potential funding streams in the final public meeting...


Keeping ‘vulnerable road users’ safe: A year after passage of 4-foot law, MassBike advocating for other protective measures
03-31-2024 1:02 PM

By XINYI YANG

A year after its advocates played a key role in passage of a law aimed at making roads safer for “vulnerable users” — bicyclists, pedestrians and more — the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is again pushing for more changes designed to add further...


Crash data points to ‘crisis’ on Mass. roads
02-29-2024 7:01 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Safety on Massachusetts roadways is “at a crisis level,” the state highway administrator told lawmakers this week as he detailed steps the Department of Transportation has taken to try to prevent some of the most dangerous and deadly situations and to...


Healey names director for east-west rail
02-07-2024 4:29 PM

By James Pentland

NORTHAMPTON — The dream of east-west rail service in Massachusetts came a step closer to reality this week with the appointment of a director for the project.Gov. Maura Healey’s office announced Tuesday that Andy Koziol, currently the state’s rail and...


State OKs speed limit drop on Route 10 in Easthampton
01-29-2024 9:33 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON – Addressing road safety concerns, the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has approved speed limit reductions on a stretch of Route 10.The approved speed limit adjustments include a reduction from 35 to 30 mph from West Street to...


PVTA to pilot programs for weekend, after-school student service
12-28-2023 12:30 PM

SPRINGFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) will offer pre-paid weekend service through the end of May. No fares or passes will be needed for PVTA bus and paratransit services on Saturdays and Sundays.Additionally, PVTA will be piloting...


Library pilot expanding to Pioneer Valley transit riders
12-28-2023 12:28 PM

By Alison Kuznitz

Public transit riders without library cards in the Pioneer Valley can now access online materials, including e-books and audiobooks, as they wait for their buses as part of a growing regional initiative that launched in Boston earlier this year.The...


State plans overnight closure of Route 5 at I-91’s Exit 23 from Monday-Friday next week
12-08-2023 7:00 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation plans to close Route 5 between Interstate 91’s Exit 23 on and off ramps during the overnight hours from Monday, Dec. 11, to Friday morning, Dec. 15.Route 5 traffic in each direction will be...


State to install crosswalks, bus stops this fall on Route 10 in Easthampton
10-26-2023 6:52 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

EASTHAMPTON — Around a year after a city couple was killed by a vehicle on Route 10, the state Department of Transportation will install two new crosswalks this fall to address pedestrian safety concerns.The proposed improvements include crosswalks at...


Residents concerned about pedestrian, cyclist safety on Long Plain Road in Whately
10-17-2023 5:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Amid growing safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists on Long Plain Road, several residents appeared before the Select Board last week to recount their experiences. Joanne Ostrowski and other neighborhood residents described the...


State lands $108M for east-west rail expansion
09-22-2023 8:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts will receive $108 million in federal funds to support improvements to east-west passenger train travel between Springfield, Worcester and Boston, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Gov. Maura Healey announced Friday.The money comes...


Transportation bill to fund $375M for local roads, bridges, other projects
08-14-2023 1:31 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Area lawmakers are lauding Gov. Maura Healey for signing the Chapter 90 conference committee bill to authorize $375 million in reimbursements to cities and towns for bridge and road maintenance and funding for transportation-related infrastructure...


Bus Stops scrutinized for pedestrian, cyclist safety
07-14-2023 1:14 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Following a pedestrian safety assessment that showed almost half of all Massachusetts pedestrian fatalities or serious injuries happened within 300 feet of a bus stop, the Department of Transportation is looking to use federal funds to make safety...


Deerfield’s Stillwater Bridge reopens after state inspection
07-13-2023 8:41 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — After waiting several days for the Deerfield River to recede, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation inspected the Stillwater Bridge’s pillars and gave it the go-ahead to reopen.MassDOT closed the bridge Monday out of an abundance...


RMV seeing big spike in learner’s permits
07-11-2023 9:12 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — The state has issued more than double the number of learner’s permits in the last 10 days than this time last year, after a law went into effect July 1 allowing undocumented immigrants who live in Massachusetts to apply for driver’s...


South County Senior Center, transit groups to offer grant-funded van service
07-10-2023 9:18 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Seniors in southern Franklin County will soon have a new option to travel across county lines for medical appointments, shopping and recreation.Thanks to a $16,612 Service Incentive Grant from the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and...


PVTA seeks grant to pilot Amherst-Greenfield route
07-04-2023 2:56 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — As the South County Senior Center continues to work with neighboring transit authorities, Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) representatives shared news on Thursday that there may be a potential solution to some of Sunderland’s...


Mass. gets high marks for EV adoption, despite sluggish rollout
07-03-2023 3:43 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — A national research group continues to see Massachusetts as ahead of the curve and improving when it comes to electric vehicle adoption, even though the Bay State has a long way to go to meet its own rollout goals.The American Council for an...


Northampton’s Main Street overhaul makes more room for bikes, people
04-27-2023 7:29 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A $19.1 million extensive redesign of Main Street downtown outlined this week calls for removing more than a third of on-street parking, adding bike lanes in both directions and planting new trees throughout the downtown area, all part...

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