Michael Buscemi of Springfield (right) took Sen. Lesser's bus to Boston to testify at the Transportation Committee hearing. "I'm just a big advocate of the economic value of having a train," Buscemi said.
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Chris Trotta has traveled countless times the roughly 100 miles from his Longmeadow, Massachusetts home to the Boston hospital where his sons received treatment for kidney abnormalities. On Tuesday, he made the familiar trek to push for a new link -- by rail -- between the state's capital and its largest city west of Worcester.

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Massachusetts legislators on the Transportation Committee will learn more Tuesday about a bill that would authorize a study on high-speed train service between Springfield and Boston. 

State Sen. Eric Lesser, from Longmeadow, Mass.
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Massachusetts State Sen. Eric Lesser's bid to get an official state study of the prospect of linking Boston and Springfield with high-speed rail service will get a hearing before the Transportation Committee next week.

Rail Study Left Out Of Final Mass. Budget

Jul 11, 2017
State Sen. Eric Lesser at Springfield's Union Station.
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Once again, a study looking into more reliable high-speed rail service between Boston and Springfield was left out of Massachusetts' final state budget.

Longmeadow state Senator Eric Lesser sponsored the proposal, which did not survive negotiations between the House and Senate.

"It was killed in complete silence with no transparency behind closed doors and so we need to get an explanation," said Lesser.