Gov. Charlie Baker, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Amtrak officials and community members cut a ceremonial ribbon on the passenger service that will run for two years along the so-called Knowledge Corridor.
Those who spent the last two years working on the Berkshire Flyer project are anxious to see how 2,600 new visitors to the Berkshires each summer will bolster the economy.
The plan eyes to create a passenger rail service from New York City to Pittsfield, departing Penn Station on Friday afternoon and returning Sunday afternoon, throughout the summer. The goal is to bring a new group of visitor's to the area.
Gov. Charlie Baker, surrounded by state and federal officials at Union Station, announced on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation is soliciting requests for proposals for a consultant team to study the feasibility of east-west passenger rail service, the launch of a pilot for passenger rail service between Greenfield and Springfield, and one-seat service through Springfield to Hartford and New Haven, Conn.
The Berkshire Regional Transition Authority is looking into being part of the creation of a transportation management association for ride sharing.
The BRTA's hours of operation limit the authority's ability to get workers to and from work beyond the typical first shift. This new group would be a collective of employers who would team up to provide ride share options.