New members added to East-West Passenger Rail Study committee

Massachusetts

The state’s East-West rail advisory committee has some new members and they’re eager to work on cross-state rail service.

On Wednesday, State Transportation Secretary Stephany Pollack announced the newest member of the East-West Passenger Rail Study.

Pittsfield State Senator Adam Hinds will join legislators, rail workers, and engineers to study the possibility of a rail service running from Springfield to Boston. 

“We really want to emphasize this east-west component so that we feel connected to our own state and economic opportunities that might just be a slight distance away,” said Senator Adam Hinds. 

Lawmakers say the east-west rail service would not only connect the western part of the state to Boston, but it would also provide more housing options and job opportunities for people at both ends of the state. 

State Senator Eric Lesser is also a member of the rail service study committee and a long-time supporter.

He said he looks forward to working with transportation officials to explore the cost and construction needed to make this project a reality. 

Senator Lesser said he’s also interested in looking into the possible economic loss… if the rail service does not happen. 

The Advisory Committee is expected to hold its first meeting in December where they will begin a year-long discussion into the possibility of an east-west passenger rail service.

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