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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) last month released a draft study of the potential benefits and costs of a passenger-rail service that would connect western, central and eastern Massachusetts.
Community leaders, stakeholders and residents expressed a desire for a passenger-rail link to improve multimodal transportation options in Massachusetts towns west of Worcester, MassDOT officials said in the study’s executive summary.
The draft East-West Passenger Rail Study identifies corridors that could provide passenger-rail connections between Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Boston and intermediate communities; assesses the geographic, infrastructure and demographic conditions in the East-West rail corridor; and evaluates potential alternatives for enhancing passenger-rail connections among the corridor communities.
The study outlines three preferred alternatives:
To complete conceptual planning for East-West rail, MassDOT would need to further evaluate and identify funding obstacles and opportunities, MassDOT officials said.