The new route for passenger rail through the Pioneer Valley is exceeding expectations. That’s according to numbers from Amtrak. But it’s hard to tell if its had much of an effect on local businesses.
The change was spurred by federal stimulus money to update Amtrak’s Vermonter line. The trip is now slightly shorter, but the trains aren’t coming through the area any more often.
A long-awaited upgrade to the north-south Amtrak line through the Pioneer Valley starts running next week, but work on the tracks is not complete.
An update to the north-south Amtrak line along the Connecticut River is expected to be running by the end of 2014. The project has been delayed, and might be running over budget.
United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday that twelve cities and states will share nearly $17 million to move, replace, and improve segments of railroad track -including se