The state’s public transit agency estimates a rail link between Boston’s North Station and South Station would cost $12 billion, and an expanded version could cost the state $21.5 billion.
State Senator Eric Lesser told 22News that it’s important for a statewide rail network to close that mile-and-a-half gap, but the price tag is concerning.
In the meantime, Lesser continues to fight for a feasibility study of East-West rail service from the Berkshires to Boston.
“We need to stop the inequity,” Lesser told 22News. “We need to make sure western Mass. has a seat at the table, and we need to make the case that a healthy western Mass. is actually very important for Boston too.”
The state’s transportation efforts lost potential funding after state’s highest court rejected the “millionaire’s tax” ballot question which, could have added roughly $2 billion a year.