frrc wrote:All that's left is the Fitchburg Secondary track, wonder when that will be sold off ?Milford will go first because of the pre-existing sale clause and fact that CSX is handing the keys over to G&U in 6-9 months and will cease running its own freight on the line.
Fitchburg Sec. the state has no compelling interest to ask for. It's just at some point Jacksonville is going to decide it doesn't want 30 miles of outlier branchline on its own books and will order its real estate dept. to seek the best offer they can get from MassDOT to scrape it off their tax rolls and make it a trackage rights-only operation. CSX will be the ones making that phone call. Not worth making predictions on when that'll happen, but it is completely and totally consistent with how CSX management operates so I'd say it's an inevitability that the state will own it within 10 years.
Everything else they own is either itty-bitty industrial tracks:
-- Springfield Industrial Track
-- Holliston Industrial Track (active portion to Framingham/Ashland town line for CP Yard runarounds)
-- Norwood Industrial Track
-- Taunton Industrial Track
-- Randolph Branch
-- Holliston Industrial Track (Ashland and Holliston portions)
-- Saxonville Branch
-- South Sudbury Secondary
Saxonville (trail proposal) and South Sudbury (Bruce Freeman Trail extension) both have open STB dockets for sale negotiation extensions-of-time that haven't budged in 6 years. Holliston's docket is closed because the town agreed to pay CSX $300/month rent for a basic crushed stone trail until DCR funds the paved Upper Charles River Trail (the town cut its side deal after the state cut the paved trail from its Transportation Implementation Plan for lack of money), but can be reopened if/when the state's ready to pay. All 3 of those lines will eventually transact to public ownership, but absolutely no one is in a hurry.
The Industrial tracks collectively are maybe 3 total track miles. Too microscopic to matter. If CSX dishes more territory south-of-Braintree and east-of-Attleboro off on Mass Coastal the state will probably take the Randolph and Taunton spurs as means-to-an-end for transacting that operating territory over to the shortline...not because it has any public self-interest in those spurs. But other than that specific situation with those 2 spurs, nobody cares enough and the industrial tracks will probably stay with CSX forever unless any are ever abandoned.