Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced the feasibility study on Tuesday at Union Station in Springfield, while also announcing that passenger rail service between that city and Greenfield will begin on an experimental basis next spring.
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Rail service between Boston and Springfield has long been sought by western Massachusetts officials, several of whom attended the event. Democratic U.S. Rep. Richard Neal called it a potential “game changer” for the region.
The Springfield-to-Greenfield service will be operated by Amtrak but funded by the state.