I’ve been working on rail issues for a long time, because I believe making better use of our rail assets is one of the best things we can do for the long-term health of our economy and our environment.
When people have frequent, reliable public transit options, they leave their cars at home, easing congestion and pollution. Expanded freight rail service takes trucks off our roads, with similar benefits for air quality and traffic.
Commuter rail also helps to cross-pollinate our economy, by linking job centers with varied and affordable housing options. And since we’ve piloted wi-fi internet access on the Worcester line, it’s enhanced the commuting experience even more. (Look for expansion of wi-fi access to other rail lines soon.)
There is no doubt that we are facing some challenging economic and fiscal times in Massachusetts, and our administration will deal with it. At the same time, however, we can not afford to pull back on strategic investments like this rail agreement, which will pay big dividends over the long-term for our Commonwealth.
It’s been nearly two years of tough negotiations with CSX to get to this day, but I believe the results are well-worth the effort. I want to thank all who were involved in this project so far, and I will keep our administration focused on the hard work now before us to implement this agreement.