TRANSPORTATION

Has crawling along I-93 made you think of relocating? What about being stalled somewhere on the Orange Line?

If so, you’re not alone.

Greater Boston is growing, but the region’s struggles moving its residents around are causing a sizable number of them to consider leaving the area.

Among Massachusetts voters who live within Route 128 and work full time, a third say that delays on the roads or on public transit have caused them to consider moving out of Greater Boston altogether.

A commuter rail train at a ribbon-cutting event in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 15, 2018.
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Starting Monday, there is no longer a train that can get travelers from Hartford, Connecticut, into Springfield, Massachusetts, before 9:00 a.m.

It’s hard for rural schools in Massachusetts to get kids to and from class every day — especially now, in muddy season, when the snow has melted and the rain begins.

“This is mud and ruts and a mess,” says bus driver Joanne Deady as she points to the narrow, unpaved road on her route from Colrain Central School in northwestern Massachusetts.

It’s just after the school day and she’s about halfway through her route. Standing between her and the next drop-off is a big patch of what she calls “greasy mud” — the kind her bus can easily get stuck in if it’s deep enough.

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will start offering free bus travel to seniors on Tuesdays starting in July.

The state wants to add new train cars to the Hartford Line, the commuter rail line that runs between Springfield and New Haven.

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