MassDOT Extends Deadline For Feedback On Rail Plan

Feb 11, 2018

State Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) with ( from left) State Rep. Brian Ash (D-Longmeadow), State Rep. Bud Williams(D-Springfield), and State Sen James Welch (D-West Springfield) urged people to contact MassDOT to support the proposed rail plan, which contains a feasibility study of east-west rail.
Credit WAMC

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has announced a two-week extension of the public comment period for the agency’s rail plan.

The draft 2018 State Rail Plan includes projects MassDOT proposes to move forward on, and others it simply wants to study.  

Astrid Glynn, MassDOT’s rail and transit administrator said one project proposed for further study is passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston.

" It is a study to see what would it take, what would it involve,and what are the impacts, both positive and negative?" explained Glynn.

The plan calls for a pilot program for new daily train service between Springfield and Greenfield starting later this year.

  The new deadline for public comment is Friday, March 2nd.