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    Senate all aboard with western Mass. push for high-speed train study
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    Senate all aboard with western Mass. push for high-speed train study

    October 19, 2019


    OF 2014 AND JULY OF 2015. RYAN: HIGH SPEED RAIL CONNECTING BOSTON TO SPRINGFIELD IS INCHING FORWARD. 22NEWS REPORTER MATT CARON EXPLAINS HOW THE CONNECTION COULD BENEFIT THE WHOLE STATE. MATT: THE AMENDMENT STILL NEEDS APPROVAL FROM THE HOUSE, AND GOV. BAKER. IF APPROVED, THE STUDY WOULD BE DONE BY THE END OF 2017. “TRAIN SOUND.” ALL ABOARD — THE STATE SENATE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY THURSDAY TO COMMISSION A STUDY ON EAST / WEST RAIL TO CONNECT BOSTON TO SPRINGFIELD. STATE SENATOR ERIC LESSER SPONSORED THE IDEA. ERIC LESSER, STATE SENATOR, FIRST HAMPDEN/HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT: YOU HAVE MGM OPENING, YOU HAVE UNION STATION OPENING, YOU HAVE A NEW RAIL CAR FACILITY THAT IS GOING TO BE MAKING THE MBTA CARS, NOW IS THE TIME FOR US TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A REALITY. NEXT, LAWMAKERS WILL FOCUS ON GETTING FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING TO UPGRADE THE EXISTING FREIGHT RAIL LINE THAT CONNECTS SPRINGFIELD TO BOSTON TO ACCOMMODATE HIGH- SPEED PASSENGER RAIL. STATE SENATOR ERIC LESSER TOLD 22NEWS THAT ESTABLISHING EAST/WEST RAIL BETWEEN BOSTON AND SPRINGFIELD ISN’T JUST ABOUT CONNECTING GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS, IT’S ABOUT CONNECTING ECONOMIES. ERIC LESSER, STATE SENATOR, FIRST HAMPDEN/HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT: WE ARE LOSING FAMILIES, WE ARE LOSING COMPANIES, WE ARE LOSING EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS TO THE EASTERN PART OF THE STATE. BOSTON IS BOOMING. THE 617 AREA CODE IS GROWING. THE WAY WE LIFT EVERYONE IS BY CONNECTING BOTH REGIONS THROUGH FAST, RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION. TRANSPORTATION THAT MEANS JOBS. WILLIAM MACGREGOR, COMMISSIONER, SPRINGFIELD REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: IF YOU CAN BRING EMPLOYEES TO EMPLOYERS AND GIVE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN A FAIRLY LOW COST OF LIVING AREA LIKE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THAT REALM TOO. SPRINGFIELD’S REVITALIZED TRANSPORTATION HUB KNOWN AS UNION STATION WILL OPEN IN LESS THAN A MONTH. 4-MILLION PEOPLE ANNUALLY WILL BOARD THE TRAINS. ALLEVIATING SOME OF STRESS FROM THE 50,000 CARS A DAY THAT PASS THROUGH SPRINGFIELD’S VIADUCT. MATT: RIGHT NOW, PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE BUT WORK IN BOSTON EITHER COMMUTE TO WORCESTER AND TAKE TRAIN OR DRIVE TO THE RIVERSIDE T-STOP AND RIDE INTO THE CITY.

    Norfolk city council approves light rail extension
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    Norfolk city council approves light rail extension

    October 19, 2019


    NORFOLK CITY COUNCIL WANTS LIGHT RAIL EXTENDED TO THE OCEANFRONT. COUNCIL MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE PROJECT LAST NIGHT – JUST WEEKS BEFORE VIRGINIA BEACH VOTERS WILL HAVE THEIR SAY AT THE POLLS. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S ANNE MCNAMARA ASKED WHAT’S IN IT FOR NORFOLK? SHE JOINS US LIVE FROM THE LIGHT RAIL STATION AT MACARTHUR CENTER. ANNE? TWO THINGS FOR NORFOLK. 1.) EXPANSION WITHIN CITY AND 2.) IF LIGHT RAIL BECOMES REGIONAL, OTHER CITIES WILL HAVE TO HELP FOOT THE BILL. LIGHT RAIL NATS WITH ITS VOTE LAST NIGHT, THE NORFOLK CITY COUNCIL GAVE ITS STAMP OF APPROVAL TO THE CONTROVERSIAL LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION FROM NEWTOWN ROAD TO THE OCEANFRONT. THE VOTE ENCOURAGES VIRGINIA BEACH RESIDENTS TO GET ON BOARD, BEFORE THEY TIMING OF IT WAS I THINK, IN MY VIEW, WAS NOT A GOOD TIME FOR US TO BE VOTING ON IT BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO APPEAR LIKE WE’RE TRYING TO INFLUENCE ANOTHER CITY NORFOLK COUNCILMAN ANDY PROTOGYROU WAS HESITANT TO VOTE FOR THE LIGHT RAIL ENDORSEMENT, BUT SAYS IT SEEMED LIKE AN ALL OR NOTHING DEAL. PROTOGYROU IS IN FAVOR OF EXTENDING THE TIDE WITHIN NORFOLK, SPECIFICALLY TO THE NAVAL BASE, AND MONEY IS ALREADY SET ASIDE FOR A STUDY TO DO JUST THAT. 00:53 AND I DIDN’T WANT TO LOOK LIKE I WAS NOT CONSIDERING LIGHT RAIL AND ITS FUTURE. SO THEREFORE, IT WAS AN APPROPRIATE VOTE, TO VOTE YES AT THIS POINT THE ONE ‘NO’ VOTE CAME FROM COUNCILMAN PAUL RIDDICK WHO SAYS NORFOLK HAS NO BUSINESS DECIDING WHAT’S GOOD FOR ANOTHER CITY. AND, FOR RIDDICK, HISTORY ALSO PLAYS A PART IN HIS DECISION. (6) 00:39 WHEN LIGHT RAIL ACTUALLY BECAME A DESIRE IN THIS PARTICULAR REGION, VIRGINIA BEACH WOULD NOT EVEN ALLOW AN ADVISORY REFERENDUM AND MOST OF THE PERSONS WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A WHILE REALIZE THAT WAS BECAUSE VIRGINIA BEACH DIDN’T WANT AFRICAN AMERICANS TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE BEACH BUT THAT WAS 1999, AND THIS IS NOW. AND IF VIRGINIA BEACH VOTES YES THIS TIME AROUND, PROTOGYROU SAYS THE BEACH WILL HAVE TO HELP PAY FOR IT. (37) 1:02 ANY LIGHT RAIL IN THE FUTURE HAS TO INCLUDE THE SURROUNDING CITIES. NORFOLK NO LONGER CAN TAKE THAT BURDEN PAYING FOR IT ALWAYS BEEN THE CONCERN WHY NOW? ANNE MCNAMARA, 10 ON YOUR SIDE. THE CITY HAS ALREADY SET ASIDE 1.8 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE STUDY TO EXPAND THE LIGHT RAIL TO NORFOLK NAVAL STATION. IT IS STILL TOO EARLY IN THE PROCESS TO KNOW EXACTLY WHICH ROUTE THE LIGHT RAIL

    Light rail extension projected to cost $243M, according to HRT estimates
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    Light rail extension projected to cost $243M, according to HRT estimates

    October 18, 2019


    NOW AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF LIGHT RAIL IN VIRGINIA BEACH. EARLIER TODAY WE LEARNED MORE ABOUT HOW MUCH THE EXTENSION COULD COST – $243-MILLION DOLLARS. AS OUR ERIN KELLY FOUND OUT, IT’S COMING UP A LOT LESS THAN ANTICIPATED. SHE IS LIVE IN VIRGINIA BEACH WITH A LOOK AT THE PROPOSAL. UNDER THE CURRENT PROJECT, CREWS WOULD NEED TO BUILD A BRIDGE OVER INDEPENDENCE AND COME THROUGH HERE — ENDING AT CONSTITUTION DRIVE. BUT RESIDENTS HERE ARE DIVIDED OVER WHETHER IT’S WORTH THE COST… THIS IS THE PLAN HAMPTON ROADS TRANSIT ENVISIONS FOR A 3.5 MILE LIGHT RAIL EXPANSION FROM NEWTOWN ROAD TO VIRGINIA BEACH. WITH 30 PERCENT OF PLANNING DONE, HRT ESTIMATES THE PROPOSED PROJECT WOULD COST ABOUT $243 MILLION — 84 MILLION LESS THAN EARLIER FIGURES. WILLIAM HARRELL – PRESIDENT, HAMPTON ROADS TRANSIT C0027 – 1304 THE EARLIER ESTIMATES WERE BASED ON FIVE PERCENT ENGINEERING. 1307 WE KNOW A WHOLE LOT MORE AT 30 PERCENT. 1310 JOASH SCHULMAN SAYS HE HOPES VOTERS NEXT MONTH APPROVE OF THE CITY SPENDING MONEY ON THE EXTENSION. JOASH SCHULMAN – VIRGINIA BEACH CONNEX C036 – 3112 THE ESTIMATE TODAY GETS US CLOSER TO A NUMBER THAT I THINK WE CAN FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH AND IT’S CERTAINLY A LOT LESS THAN THE ORIGINAL COST ESTIMATE 3124 THE EXTENSION WOULD INCLUDE THREE STOPS — ONE AT WITCHDUCK ROAD, ANOTHER AT KELLAM ROAD, ENDING AT CONSTITUTION DRIVE NEAR TOWN CENTER. HRT SAYS THE CITY HAS $155 MILLION IN STATE MONEY SET ASIDE FOR THE PROJECT, AND WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REMAINING 88 MILLION AND ANY OTHER ENHANCEMENTS. C0030 – JOHN ATKINSON – NO LIGHT RAIL VIRGINIA BEACH 2857 WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A REFERENDUM ON NOVEMBER 8TH AND I THINK THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA BEACH ARE GOING TO SAY, ‘NO.’ 2859 VIRGINIA BEACH CITY TREASURER JOHN ATKINSON STILL OPPOSES EXPANDING LIGHT RAIL. HE SAYS IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE AND RESIDENTS WON’T USE IT. C0030 – JOHN ATKINSON – NO LIGHT RAIL VIRGINIA HRT SAYS THE COST ESTIMATE COULD CHANGE ONCE BUILDERS GET INVOLVED. THE CITY MANAGER WILL BRIEF CITY LEADERS ON THIS TOMORROW. LIVE IN VIRGINIA BEACH, ERIN KELLY, 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

    Surveillance video shows light rail train hit man in Norfolk
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    Surveillance video shows light rail train hit man in Norfolk

    October 18, 2019


    TONIGHT, ONLY ON 10, A DIFFERENT VIEW OF HOW A MAN WAS STRUCK BY A LIGHT RAIL TRAIN IN NORFOLK EARLIER THIS MONTH. HE WAS NOT BADLY HUT. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN THE TIDE’S 5-YEAR HISTORY THAT A PERSON WAS HIT BY THE TRAIN. TONIGHT WE HAVE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM H-R-T. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S DEANNA LEBLANC JOINS US NOW. DEANNA, WHAT DOES THIS VIDEO SHOW? THIS IS VIDEO FROM A CAMERA ATTACHED TO THE TIDE TRAIN. NOW WE CAN EXPLAIN HOW THIS HAPPENED – AND IT ALSO CORROBORATES WHAT TWO EYE WITNESSES TOLD US THAT DAY ABOUT ONE PASSING TRAIN BLOCKING THEIR VIEW OF ANOTHER ONCOMING TRAIN. THE FIRST THING YOU’LL SEE IS A WESTBOUND TRAIN – COMING TOWARD THE FRONT OF THE SCREEN. THE PEDESTRIANS WAITING TO CROSS ARE ON THE LEFT JUST OFF SCREEN. AS THAT TRAIN PASSES – IT APPEARS THE THE OPPOSITE TRACKS, IS COMING TOWARD THEM. THEY START TO CROSS WHEN TWO OF THEM APPEAR TO REALIZE THE SECOND TRAIN IS COMING – AND TURN AND RUN. BUT ONE MAN – SEEMS NOT TO NOTICE. AND STEPS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE TRAIN. JUST SECONDS LATER – YOU SEE THAT OTHER PEDESTRIAN START SPRINTING. TURNS OUT HE HAD COMBAT MEDIC TRAINING – AND THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW I MPORTANT IT IS TO PAY ATTENTION TO SIGNS AND PEOPLE. PLEASE WATCH WHEN YOU’RE AROUND TRAINS. LOOK BOTH WAYS, AND BE CAREFUL. 12:45:55 THAT VICTIM IS OKAY – HRT OFFICIALS TELL US THE TRAIN WAS GOING ABOUT 10 MILES AN HOUR – AND WEIGHS ABOUT ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS. I’M DEANNA LEBLANC, 10 ON