1. East-west Rail Along Route 2 Could Reap Myriad Benefits

    East-west Rail Along Route 2 Could Reap Myriad Benefits

    While a proposed east-west rail line between Pittsfield and Boston has gotten most of the train-related press recently, another proposal, to incorporate passenger rail service on existing freight lines between North Adams and Boston, has gained considerable momentum, with a comprehensive, 18-month study on the issue set to launch. Not only would it return a service that thrived decades ago, proponents say, but expanded rail in the so-called Northern Tier Corridor could prove to be a huge economic boost to Franklin County — and the families who live there.

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    1. But there's no button to push for the Red Sox.
    2. We know it's critical that we have stakeholders buying in.
    3. My hope is that these communities would suddenly become destination spots for a whole new market of people looking to live in Western Massachusetts and work in Boston.
    4. The pandemic really tanked ridership — all forms of public transportation, actually.
    5. In so many ways, the findings of this study confirm what we have seen with our own eyes for decades here in the Valley — regions connected by rail to the major economic hubs of Boston and New York City are thriving, while underserved communities like ours have lagged behind.
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