A commuter rail train at a ribbon-cutting event in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 15, 2018.
Frederick J. Gore / The Republican /

Starting Monday, there is no longer a train that can get travelers from Hartford, Connecticut, into Springfield, Massachusetts, before 9:00 a.m.

Home heating oil delivery.
File photo / The Republican /

Massachusetts state lawmakers say the governor is not releasing as much money for heating assistance as the legislature approved.

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will start offering free bus travel to seniors on Tuesdays starting in July.

Are Plastic Bag Bans Garbage?

Apr 9, 2019

Editor's note: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can sign up here.

A plastic shopping bag.
Takoma Park / Creative Commons /

A Massachusetts legislative committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on a proposal aimed at reducing single-use plastic bags.