1. Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate

    Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate

    Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser's years-long bid to study high speed train service from Springfield to Boston appears to be back on the rails. Lesser's proposal for the state Department of Transportation to study the expansion of East-West rail service unanimously passed the state Senate Thursday afternoon as an amendment to the Senate's version of the state budget. The measure also made it into the final budget last year, but was axed by the veto of Gov. Charlier Baker.

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    1. If you leave the 617 area code of Massachusetts, there are many areas of our Commonwealth that have been falling behind.
    2. Our taxes paid for the Big Dig, our taxes pay for the Green Line extension also.
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