Mr. Train Guy, I can only hope that Chessie, accompanied for the moment until the closing by Pan Am, will have her Traffic Department "hit hard on them" to allow rail equal access to the expanded facilities. That's for their own good - shippers and the Authority!
From what I read here, it sounds as if the Icelandic maritime concern got "sent to Left Field" and no doubt was their decision to make like Enya
and "Sail Away" factored such.
I haven't been in Boston since '01 (pre-9/11); and I just can't imagine that they would have their expanded Port with these new cranes be hindered with their existing highway traffic. Even if the containers were drayed (local trucking) out to Ayer or Worcester, you're still looking at congestion.
Any other major port, coast notwithstanding, has direct rail access to it. To be competitive the Port of Boston will need same.