Saturday, July 27, 2019

In the News: Investigation of fire on Providence Line; UMass tuition increase likely

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Workers continue to investigate the cause of a fire that broke out in the locomotive engine of a Providence-bound train Thursday night, according to a spokesman for commuter rail operator Keolis.

The fire, captured in videos posted to social media, was “brief and contained” to the engine of a locomotive at about 8:30 p.m., Keolis spokesman Justin Thompson said.

Passengers were transferred to another train on the line, and no injuries were reported.

Thompson said there were a “handful of residual delays” along the Providence line as a result of the incident, though the MBTA’s Commuter Rail Twitter page indicated at the time that some delays were close to an hour."

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 Investigation of fire on Providence Line
 Investigation of fire on Providence Line

It looks like a 2.5 percent tuition increase is likely for University of Massachusetts students this fall, system President Marty Meehan said Thursday.

The $43.1 billion state budget that the Legislature sent to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk includes $558 million in aid to UMass, which has 75,000 students. Despite the last-minute addition of $317 million in spending above and beyond spending levels approved this spring by the House and Senate, UMass was unable to secure about $10 million in additional funds that could have led to a tuition freeze for the coming academic year.

“It looks like it would be about a two and a half percent increase,” Meehan told two reporters after telling House Bonding Committee members about capital spending plans and a $3.3 billion deferred maintenance backlog.

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