TRANSPORTATION

Thanksgiving typically ranks as one of the busiest holidays for road trips and New Englanders are likely to see congested roadways, trains and airport security lines this year.

Electric-assisted bikes in a bike share program in Canada.
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A regional bike share program is set to launch in western Massachusetts this spring.

It’s breeding time for deer in Connecticut, which means biologists and hunters are paying close attention to two things: car collisions and acorns.

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. 

A public service announcement in Northampton, Mass., urges drivers not to pass stopped school buses.
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A western Massachusetts town is going all out to support state legislation that would identify drivers who fail to stop for school buses.

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This week on Beacon Hill, lawmakers hear from western Massachusetts residents who say the region needs to be connected to Boston and Worcester by high-speed rail. 

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.

A facility in Springfield, Mass., where trains will be manufactured will open this winter.
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A factory that will build trains for the T in Boston is almost ready to open. 

When Chris Tuan was a Department of Defense contractor in the early 1990s, the Air Force asked him to think of something that could de-ice its airfields around the world.

Heavy cargo aircraft were landing on icy runways and skidding off, he says, "so they wanted to find out some innovative way to de-ice the runway."

The challenge? He couldn't use any salt or de-icing chemicals because of the damage they can do to concrete.

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