TOWNS ROYAL COACH SERVES IN HAMPDEN COUNTY, MA
- East Longmeadow
- West Springfield
Western Massachusetts & Connecticut
Western Massachusetts is a loosely defined geographical region of the U.S. state of Massachusetts which contains the Berkshires, the Pioneer Valley, and some or all of the Swift River Valley The region is always considered to include Berkshire, Franklin,Hampshire, and Hampden counties, and the eastern parts of the Quabbin Reservoir watershed are sometimes included. The largest city in Western Massachusetts is Springfield, Massachusetts, the region’s economic, historic, and cultural capital.
There are 103 towns and 11 cities in Western Massachusetts, the largest of which is the City of Springfield in the Connecticut River Valley. There are four counties in Western Massachusetts, none of which have traditional county governments: Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire. Hampshire and Franklin Counties each have a “Council of Governments,” which provides certain regional services.
The Connecticut River Valley
The City of Springfield, Massachusetts, which sits beside the Connecticut River amid the wide Connecticut River Valley, is Western Massachusetts’ urban economic and cultural capital. Springfield lies only 24 miles north of Hartford, Connecticut, Connecticut’s state capital. The Hartford-Springfield region is known as the Knowledge Corridor due to its 29 colleges and universities and 120,000 college students. Significant Massachusetts towns and cities in the Knowledge Corridor include Greenfield, Northampton, Amherst, Easthampton, Holyoke, Chicopee, West Springfield, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Agawam, and Westfield.