BandA - There maybe other areas on the 495 belt but none of it has to do with the G&U. This expansion of the G&U is in essence a direct result of all the railyard closures in the greater Boston area, what they are trying to accomplish, Beacon Park could have handled, but times have changed the rail yards are gone and this is the result, there's no room to grow, so now they have to find new ways to expand. If I understand that article and what the lawyer was saying, the state can't just deny eminent domain because the town and the NIMBY's don't want it, the state has to follow their current laws that govern eminent domain, the railroad had to prove to the state the need for the land for the greater good, which they have done, they had to prove they tried to negotiate with the current land owner, which they have done. It may suck for the people of that town but the state has to abide by their own laws. If the town had their way the railroad would be gone altogether and people would be enjoying a rail-trail right now (there was
a grass routes effort to build one on this line) but that's not the case anymore.
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