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Keeping ‘vulnerable road users’ safe: A year after passage of 4-foot law, MassBike advocating for other protective measures
04-01-2024 10:38 AM

By XINYI YANG

A year after its advocates played a key role in passage of a law aimed at making roads safer for “vulnerable users” — bicyclists, pedestrians and more — the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is again pushing for more changes designed to add further...

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Part of Hawley’s Route 8A closed next week for slope repairs
04-12-2024 3:01 PM

HAWLEY — An area of Route 8A just south of the intersection with Pudding Hollow Road will be closed through Friday, April 19 next week, as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) conducts slope repairs along the roadway.MassDOT will...


Greenfield School Committee aligns busing policy with current practice
04-11-2024 6:36 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — The School Committee voted Wednesday to expand its busing policy for elementary school students by half a mile, allowing students living at Leyden Woods, Oak Courts and Greenfield Gardens to continue being bused to school as is the...


Officials talk funding for, hear feedback on Northern Tier Passenger Rail
03-29-2024 4:13 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) study of the Northern Tier Passenger Rail project continues, officials and consultants Thursday night collected more feedback and laid out some of its potential funding streams in the final...


Closures expected amid painting on White Bridge in Turners Falls
03-22-2024 2:22 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The White Bridge will be closed next Monday and Tuesday due to a daytime painting operation, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).The bridge will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, MassDOT...


FRCOG leaders meet with local, state officials to talk transportation challenges
03-18-2024 4:46 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Seeking state support for local transportation infrastructure upgrades, Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) officials took Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt and other state and local...


Public comment sought for Franklin County Bike Plan update
03-05-2024 3:59 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is asking the public to complete an online survey with an interactive mapping component to provide information for a new Franklin County Bike Plan.By updating the bike plan for the...


Nash’s Mill Road in Greenfield to close through April 19 for water main installation
03-01-2024 1:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — Drivers on Nash’s Mill Road can expect detours through April 19, as the city announced Friday the installation of a new 12-inch water main.Work is set to begin Monday, March 4, on the $656,920 project, which will be funded through...


Crash data points to ‘crisis’ on Mass. roads
02-29-2024 7:01 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Safety on Massachusetts roadways is “at a crisis level,” the state highway administrator told lawmakers this week as he detailed steps the Department of Transportation has taken to try to prevent some of the most dangerous and deadly situations and to...


White Bridge closure to continue Thursday
02-14-2024 12:28 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The closure of the White Bridge that connects Greenfield and Turners Falls over the Connecticut River will continue on Thursday, Feb. 15, according to the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT).The bridge was closed Monday...


Gov. Healey names director for east-west rail
02-08-2024 10:57 AM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — The dream of east-west rail service in Massachusetts came a step closer to reality this week with the appointment of a director for the project.Gov. Maura Healey’s office announced Tuesday that Andy Koziol, currently the state’s rail and...


With Town Meeting approval, Union 28 bus contract signed
02-07-2024 4:33 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Following a series of Special Town Meetings, all contracts have been signed to ensure F.M. Kuzmeskus provides transportation services to Erving School Union 28 for another five years.Caitlin Sheridan, director of finance and operations at Erving...


When a rural road goes bad: Leverett’s unpaved Dudleyville Road illustrates challenges facing local towns
02-07-2024 2:06 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — Restoration of a 1.4-mile section of the mostly gravel Dudleyville Road from Moore’s Corner to the Shutesbury town line could cost at least $2 million, and possibly as much as $4 million, according to a draft evaluation recently completed...


White Bridge between Greenfield and Turners Falls closed through Feb. 8
02-05-2024 11:48 AM

TURNERS FALLS — The White Bridge that connects Greenfield and Turners Falls over the Connecticut River will be closed daily through Thursday, Feb. 8, according to the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT).The closure, which began on Monday, is...


Sandy Lane vote may head to Montague’s Annual Town Meeting
01-31-2024 12:45 PM

MONTAGUE — Selectboard members indicated their intention to move forward with putting an article on the May Annual Town Meeting warrant that, if approved, would make Sandy Lane a public way.Assistant Town Administrator Walter Ramsey explained the...


Franklin Regional Transit Authority offers weekend fixed-route bus service
01-26-2024 4:31 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) now offers weekend fixed-route transportation.With additional funds from the Fair Share Amendment, all free routes will run through the weekend, providing much-needed transportation access in...


School Street bridge closed in Northfield
01-11-2024 11:23 AM

By MARY BYRNE

NORTHFIELD — Until bridge renovations are complete, the existing bridge on the west side of School Street, which connects two trails in the Mill Brook wetlands area, will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic. “It was going to cost us over...


White Bridge in Turners Falls down to one lane for structural repairs
01-03-2024 9:58 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

TURNERS FALLS — As the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) begins work this week on structural steel and concrete repairs, the White Bridge at the base of Turners Falls Road is expected to have alternating one-way traffic through at least the...


Fair Share Amendment boosts rural road funding in Franklin County, North Quabbin
12-29-2023 1:10 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

Franklin County and North Quabbin highway departments are about to get a lot more state funding, thanks to additional allocations due to what Sen. Jo Comerford dubbed the “rural factor.” The Healey-Driscoll administration intends to deliver $100...


Library pilot expanding to Pioneer Valley transit riders
12-29-2023 10:44 AM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

Public transit riders without library cards in the Pioneer Valley can now access online materials, including e-books and audiobooks, as they wait for their buses as part of a growing initiative that launched in Boston this year.The “Browse, Borrow,...


All aboard: Train travel picks up steam in Pioneer Valley, region
12-26-2023 5:49 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

NORTHAMPTON — New York resident Cara Erdman can’t drive to her family’s home in Northampton for the holidays.Erdman lives in the city and rides public transit for transportation. Since she doesn’t own a car, Erdman often rides Amtrak’s Vermonter line...

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