trainSPRINGFIELD,MA: CTrail commuter service between New Haven and Springfield won’t begin until May, but officials have already begun discussions to expand it.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has begun negotiating  a Pilot test with the Connecticut Department of Transportation  to extend the train service north to Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield. Massachusetts already owns the rail line it calls, the Knowledge Corridor rail line.

According to a report in the Springfield Republican the goal for the commuter line is “to increase passenger miles per year from New Haven to Springfield from Amtrak's 52 million to 133 million, including Amtrak and CTrail.{

"We want people in Greenfield to be able to travel to New York City and back in a day," Glynn said. "We also want to be able to connect the people in Greenfield with jobs that are in Connecticut."

The good news is that Amtrak Service ridership has grown by nearly 50 percent since it began in January 2015, and that service between Greenfield and New York is expected to increase from one train daily in each direction to five, with an additional train on weekends.