SECTION 1. Section 10 of Chapter 6C of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following:-
"The office of transportation planning shall convene a working group, not later than October 1, 2016, for the purpose of expediting the improvement of passenger rail service between Springfield, Worcester and Boston, including the establishment of high speed passenger rail service between those communities along the so-called "Inland Route", connecting with the "Knowledge Corridor" high speed rail line and connecting with north/south rail services in Boston. Said working group shall include, but not be limited to elected officials and legislators, including the Congressional delegation, representing communities along the Inland Route, and rail lines connecting to it, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, and existing transportation stakeholders, including Amtrak, PanAm, the MBTA and CSX Railways and bus lines and other transportation entities utilizing said transportation corridors. Said working group shall interface with the planning process authorized for funding in item 6622-1384 of section 2F, chapter 79 of the Acts of 2014 and include the goals contained in the departmental document entitled "Transforming the Rail Network for Economic and Community Development"."
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