Public meeting on east-west rail line to be held in Springfield

Boston Statehouse

We could be getting closer to having rail service that directly connects western Massachusetts to Boston.

A public meeting will be held in Springfield Tuesday night to give people the opportunity to learn more about the east-west rail line and give feedback to MassDOT about the project. 

Legislators, rail workers, and engineers have been studying the possibility of a rail service from Boston to Springfield and Pittsfield.

The meeting will be held at the UMass Center in Tower Square in Springfield beginning at 6 p.m.

It will start with a presentation, and afterwards people will be able to take a closer look at the study materials and speak directly with members of the study team.

The study will include evaluating the potential costs, speed, and infrastructure needs.

Lawmakers have said that rail service from Boston to the western part of the state would open up more employment and housing opportunities.

The 18-month study should be done by Spring 2020.

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