1. New MassDOT plan includes East-West rail study, after years of legislative struggle

    New MassDOT plan includes East-West rail study, after years of legislative struggle

    A newly-released draft of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's 2018 rail plan includes a proposal to study ways to connect Boston and Springfield with passenger rail, following a years-long struggle by Longmeadow Sen. Eric Lesser and other Western Mass. legislators to pass such a study through the State House. In the plan, MassDOT has designated East-West rail as a Tier 2 project -- one meriting further study. The rail plan says that MassDOT will examine both conventional rail service proposed by a multi-state study in 2016 and higher-speed options.

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    1. Given the lack of consensus on the appropriate type of service to pursue between Western Massachusetts and Boston, as well as a lack of full understanding of the costs and impacts of a higher speed service, further study is necessary.
    2. It's very encouraging news. It's the news everyone has been waiting for and I'm glad to see it.
    3. It's very important that a very robust and thorough examination of costs are done, but we also need to examine the benefits.
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