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“Today we welcome back the first passenger rail to the city of Holyoke in 50 years … and this is certainly what progress looks like for Holyoke,” Mayor Alex B. Morse said.
Access to train travel can help residents reach places, and jobs, that otherwise might be unavailable to them, he said.
Morse praised the work on the train platform by Marrero and his staff, General Superintendent William D. Fuqua of the Department of Public Works and his staff and Kathleen G. Anderson, who is president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and of the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation Inc.
Scanning the crowd, many seated in folding metal chairs under a tent and others standing in the sun near the stairs to the train platform, Morse urged applause for former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, D-Amherst, who helped get funding for the project.
“Partnerships” was a theme of speakers such as Stephanie Pollack, state secretary of transportation, who said the train platform shows agencies can get government to help people.
Juan R. Vega, assistant secretary for communities and programs with the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, said renewed access to passenger train service should result in a boost to economic development here.
“The city of Holyoke is poised for success,” Vega said.
Others at the ceremony were state Sen. Donald R. Humason, R-Westfield, state Rep. Aaron M. Vega, D-Holyoke and Holyoke city councilors.
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