1. East-west rail backers predict half a million commuter trips each year; MassDOT promises second look at ridership estimates

    East-west rail backers predict half a million commuter trips each year; MassDOT promises second look at ridership estimates

    Better, faster east-west passenger rail service could attract more than a half million commuter trips a year, regional planners from across Western Massachusetts told MassDOT officials Monday, offering an estimate that far exceeds the state’s recently released numbers.

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    1. First, I thought it was very important that they get the message that people do not think these ridership numbers are accurate — or were reflecting reality.
    2. We are still onlooking at the end of May.
    3. Whatever happens has to be transformative.
    4. I think we can all agree that we need to think big and bold.
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