MassDOT Rail: Springfield Hub (East-West, NNERI, Berkshires, CT-Valley-VT-Quebec)

cubalibre

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Yes but it was just that one train in each direction, and it had only been around for a couple of years. I don't think we can attribute too much growth and development in Worcester to the Heart-to-Hub train.
Absolutely. And even at peak times it may have been 100 people or so boarding the express train. There are ~25k new residents in Worcester since 2010 census.
 

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Fortunately, we have train-by-train counts from 2018. H2H accounted for 262 of the 838 AM inbound boardings from Worcester (31%); it was the highest count, with #508 (6:57 am departure) second with 203. However, it was the third-lowest-ridership AM inbound train after the 4:45 and 5:15 am departures; other AM peak trains carried 476 to 1,404 passengers.

The outbound H2H, with a worse time slot, carried just 56 passengers to Worcester - 28% of the 202 evening riders to Worcester, as it was considered later than the PM peak with its 857 Worcester riders. It was the lowest-ridership outbound train other than some early AM trains. PM peak trains carried 522 to 1,342 passengers.

While they do show a decent demand for direct Worcester-Boston service, H2H trains had rather lower total ridership than other trains near their time slots. Other than perhaps a single peak-of-the-peak trip in each direction, I don't think it's really justified on a ridership level from Worcester alone. But add in Springfield, Palmer, the Brookfields, and Framingham, and you can justify an every hour-or-two intercity service.
 

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From Trains In The Valley, MassDOT released a "Massachusetts Intercity Passenger Rail Governance White Paper": news article, or full paper (PDF).

The white paper recommends the creation of a "Western Massachusetts Intercity Rail Authority" to oversee East-West (and potentially other state-sponsored Amtrak lines in Western Mass). It also prefers Amtrak as the operator of the service.

The Trains In The Valley article does point out that the white paper doesn't contain any specifics on funding, though.
 

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Rode the Amtrak Acela to Washington last week, rode it back yesterday, but after leaving Baltimore, there was a signal problem at the controls in the lead power car. The crew had to wait until it got the Philladelphia to go into the rail yard to switch driving ends. The other power car had to be used. Before that, the train could only reach 80 mph! After the switchover, it worked fine. The train got up to 140mph in some areas!! Proof that the train can still fly!!!! :)
 
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