by F-line to Dudley via Park
Hux wrote:Judging by the the plan put forth by Governor Patrick they are talking about more than just scenic excursions.That plan's for the Housatonic mainline...the jerks who kicked Berkshire Scenic off their tracks last year. Veeerrrry hard to take Patrick's proposal and its associated price tag seriously with how bad a shape that line is and how toxic an outfit Housy is to do business with. It would cost twice as much to get passenger-quality track and signaling in MA, then more than that in CT. And that doesn't include the price tag of buying the line from Housy to the CT state line and in CT from Danbury to New Milford...because as long as that company has controlling interest in the track, nobody should trust them.
That is aimed at rail: South Coast Rail ($1.8 billion), a Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford ($674 million, to match anticipated federal funds), expansion and reconstruction of South Station to accommodate nearly twice as many trains ($850 million), extension of east-west commuter rail from Boston to Springfield ($362 million), enhancement of north-south freight lines in the Berkshires to connect with Metro-North and Amtrak passenger lines through Connecticut to New York City ($114 million), and rail and infrastructure improvements to restart summer passenger trains between Boston and Cape Cod ($21 million).