Senator Lesser joins group of local residents on their daily commute to Boston

Hampden County

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Six western Massachusetts residents ride this white van Monday to Friday, to get to their jobs in Boston. 

State Senator Eric Lesser and I hopped on board their van with them in Ludlow at 5:30 Wednesday morning. Hampden resident Laura Lee told 22News its too expensive to live in Boston, and vanpools to save money. 

“I did attempt to move to the eastern part of the state and it wasn’t feasible,” said Laura Lee. “I love the quality of life in Western Massachusetts.” 

Their commute to Boston for work makes for a very long day. The six residents wake up at 4 in the morning and don’t get back home until at least 6:30 at night. They said the state’s proposed high-speed train from Pittsfield to Boston would save them a lot of time.

“The train, the high-speed rail would really help, it would give me more time with family and more time to sleep, said Helene Hall of Springfield. “I’m looking forward to seeing it coming to fruition.”

There was a lot of traffic on the Pike between Worcester and Boston, but this is something they have to deal with every day. It took two hours to arrive in Boston Wednesday, but it could have taken much longer if there was an accident or bad weather. State Senator Eric Lesser told 22News a high-speed rail would significantly decrease traffic on the Mass Pike and bring more people to western Massachusetts. 

“A high-speed rail would bring great jobs and a great opportunity to Western Massachusetts and relieve housing and congestion pressures in Boston,” said Senator Lesser. “It would help both ends of the state. Its time to make this a reality.”

State Senator Eric Lesser is leading the push for a high-speed east-west rail, which he believes would be beneficial for the state and its residents. Right now MassDOT is in the midst of an 18-month long “East-West” study to determine the costs, economic benefits, feasibility, and rail alternatives of a high-speed rail from Pittsfield to Boston. 

The study will conclude in spring of 2020.

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