Discussion on High Speed Rail in Western Mass.

Monday, November 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sixteen Acres Branch Library

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State Sen. Eric Lesser
State Sen. Eric Lesser

Please join State Senator Eric Lesser and Sixteen Acres Library Branch Manager Reggie Wilson for a discussion on the future of high speed rail developments in Western Massachusetts. This program will also feature a progress report on the Union Station renovation project currently underway in downtown Springfield. Please register for this free program by calling the Sixteen Acres Branch at 413-263-6858, signing up online, or stopping by the branch.

How far in the future is affordable high speed rail travel between Springfield, Worcester and Boston for area residents along the populous inland rail route? Imagine being able to travel between Springfield’s Union Station and Boston’s South Station at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

  • The program will discuss the benefits of being able to attend a Celtics/Red Sox/Bruins game, concerts, outstanding museums and other cultural events in the eastern part of the state. Once in Boston, extremely popular train connections to Cape Cod, Maine, New Hampshire or Canada are significantly closer via land travel for tourists.
  • The Big E, Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield libraries, Quadrangle Museums, MGM Casino, Brimfield Fair and other Western Mass. attractions would be easily in reach for Eastern Massachusetts residents.
  • Can high speed rail possibly spur tremendous gains in workforce and economic development? Reliable high speed rail could lead to shorter commutes to more lucrative jobs in the eastern part of the state.
  • The route would give students rapid access to world class colleges, universities, and technical schools along the Northampton/Amherst, Worcester, and Boston knowledge corridor.
  • The program will show film clips of technologically advanced high speed trains traveling hundreds of miles per hour. These trains are commonplace in many countries throughout the world.

Amtrak Train

The program will also feature a progress report on the old Union Station currently being renovated.

  • The audience can share past and present recollections about using Union Station.
  • The program will provide a progress report using photographs and a scale model of the metamorphosis of Union Station into the area’s transportation hub.
  • The program will address how the massive renovations made to Union Station, originally built in 1926, could trigger an urban renaissance in the North End of Springfield providing a safe place for shopping, fine dining, and commuting.


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