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Mass. wants federal funds for commuter rail extension

By Bridget Botelho, Staff Writer | 08/21/2004

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Southeastern Massachusetts officials have long sought an extension of the state's commuter rail system to the New Bedford/Fall River area.

A transportation bond bill signed by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Aug. 10 includes the long-awaited New Bedford/Fall River commuter rail project

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This has been one of the key things the agency I work at has been pushing for the past 20 years.

Here's a link to the Draft Commuter Rail Chapter of our 2007 Regional Transportation Plan:

SMMPO Commuter Rail Chapter-2007 Regional Transportation Plan

Public comments always welcome of course. It will hopefully be approved by the MPO later this month and then it will go out for an official 30-day public comment period.

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Gov. Patrick is expected to launch a one billion dollar plan in the coming weeks to start the SouthCoast Commuter Rail Project. Construction could begin within the year on service from South Station to Taunton, New Bedford, and Fall River.

Proposed Rail Would Link South Coast To Boston [WBZ-TV]

Video report included at link.

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Gov. Patrick is expected to launch a one billion dollar plan in the coming weeks to start the SouthCoast Commuter Rail Project. Construction could begin within the year on service from South Station to Taunton, New Bedford, and Fall River.

Proposed Rail Would Link South Coast To Boston [WBZ-TV]

Video report included at link.

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It looks like the existing line that goes to Fall River continues all the way to Newport. I wonder if there is any chance of summer weekend service to Newport?

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Thanks for that link....it doesn't look good for the Newport-Fall River connection....it looks like it would cost an extra $47M to build (as opposed to on-island only service) and have an annual operating cost of $3.4M with revenue of only $139k.

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Thanks for that link....it doesn't look good for the Newport-Fall River connection....it looks like it would cost an extra $47M to build (as opposed to on-island only service) and have an annual operating cost of $3.4M with revenue of only $139k.

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Funding, NIMBY's and Environmentalists in Easton and Raynham have always been the problem in getting this going. I don't think branding it as something else would have helped, though I see your point.

The impacts to the Hockomock Swamp are some of the major issues with people. What I don't get is, first off, how much MORE impact will active trains have? The tracks and/or grading are already there. Even if the most polluting trains were used, the amount of cars removed from Route 24 as a result of this project will more than make up the difference.

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Patrick vows Commuter Rail Extension by 2016

Patrick said he plans to pay for the extension using tax revenue from 15,000 new jobs he wants to see created along the corridor over the next few years. He's urging planners to get land around the proposed stations developed. This seems as though we may have a chicken-egg problem about to surface.

$17 million in bonds will be used to do preliminary work. The EIR that the state did will expire soon so it will have to be "revisited."

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There was a story on Ch 10 news yesterday morning that beside Fall River & New Bedford the State & MBTA was also looking to expand into Brocton & Taunton. However I can't seem to locate any news articles on this. Anyone able to post something?

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