Reviving an Old Regional Rail Route to Spur Tourism in Western Massachusetts
"A state senator driving the effort to create a passenger rail link between New York City and the Berkshires says funding is nearly in place to launch a pilot program for weekend service in spring 2020," reports Tom Acitelli.
The route was once a popular route for tourists hoping to leave the city to see the sights of Western Massachusetts, explains Acitelli.
The new Amtrak route would be called the Berkshire Flyer, and the route's funding includes marketing money intended to inspire New Yorkers to take the train for weekend getaways.
The Massachusetts State Legislature is expected to decide on the state budget, which includes $240,000 in core funding for the pilot project, by July 1.