Sen. Lesser’s Springfield-Boston High-Speed Rail Feasibility Study Unanimously Passed by Senate

An amendment filed by Senator Eric P. Lesser requiring the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to conduct a feasibility study on high-speed rail passenger service between Springfield and Boston was unanimously approved and included in the Senate FY16 budget last week. “For our economy to grow, we need to better link ourselves to the red-hot economies in the eastern part of the state, and give families more opportunities to root themselves in Western Massachusetts,” Lesser said.

“We know that our state’s economic recovery has favored the eastern region—high-speed rail will help Greater Springfield share in that prosperity,” he added.

The study would examine the costs associated with the expansion of service, as well as the social, economic and cultural benefits to the Greater Springfield region and to Massachusetts as a whole.

Senator Lesser’s legislative push for high-speed rail between Springfield and Boston coincides with expanded north-south passenger rail service via the Vermonter line, along with ongoing renovation of Union Station, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.