As Charlie Brown would say: Auuuggghhh! I can't stand it!
Here we have a local politician with a bee in his bonnet to build a trail from nowhere to noplace that nobody wants other than him and his cronies for some unimaginable reason, for which Daddy Commonwealth may cough up half a mil - that's half a mil, folks, think about it - not to build a trail, but only to do an engineering study! At this rate, what do you think building the actual trail would cost? You gotta admire the willingness of Massachusetts citizens to pony up ever-greater taxes for ill-conceived projects like this.
No problem, I guess - all the millions in new business that the trail, which is mostly through a blue collar neighborhood and a swamp, will attract will more than cover it.
I know this is a borderline flame, but I used to live in this area for more than twenty years and I can claim legitimate familiarity with it. Some rail trails are beneficial in that at least they preserve the ROW for possible future use (following 10 - 15 years of lawsuits) even though the main purpose seems to be providing a venue for weekend recreation for the beautiful people. I hope the engineering study includes parking places for their hybrids.