Train from western Massachusetts to Boston could help bring state closer


State lawmakers have been trying for years to put in a commuter rail system that would connect the western part of the state to Boston.

A cross-state commuter train would give more people access to higher paying jobs while also make easier for them to attend celebrations like Wednesday’s parade. 

The lack of such rail service did not stop loyal Western Massachusetts red Sox fans who drove into the city or took a train from just outside the area. 

Many western Massachusetts residents feel “left out” of celebrations in Boston because they’re told to take public transportation but don’t have easy access to it.

“It’s not just the long drive but the endless traffic and the very expensive parking that makes it really inhibitive for a lot of people so, if we had the train we would even bigger crowds today cheering on the red sox,” said Senator Eric Lesser. 

Back in July the Department of Transportation announced that they will be looking into the possibility of an east to west passenger rail service.

The study could take a year and a half to complete and would analyze the speed, cost, and infrastructure required for  Springfield to Boston rail service. 

Lawmakers said they will continue to fight to make sure western Massachusetts residents have the same opportunities as everyone else in the state. 

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