In Case You Missed It: SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN BACKS HIGH-SPEED RAIL CONNECTING SPRINGFIELD, WORCESTER AND BOSTON
“I am glad we have the support of Sen. Warren for this project that would transform the Commonwealth,” Lesser said
WORCESTER — Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday pledged to push Capitol Hill leaders for infrastructure investments and offered her support for high-speed rail linking Springfield to Boston, backed by Sen. Eric Lesser.
“We need a train that runs from Boston to Worcester to Springfield,” Warren said during an “office hours” event at the Worcester Public Library, Masslive reported.
“I am glad we have the support of Sen. Warren for this project that would transform the Commonwealth,” Lesser said.
Both Warren and Lesser have called on President Donald Trump to make the investments in infrastructure projects that he promised during the campaign, Masslive noted.
“It starts out looking promising,” Warren said of Trump's proposal. “The problem is where he's gone with it. What he's describing is a lot of tax breaks, rather than real money going into infrastructure projects.”
In January, Lesser sent a letter to Trump urging him to include funding for a Boston-Springfield rail line in his infrastructure plan.
Warren joins a growing list of high-profile regional leaders who are backing east-west rail in Massachusetts, adding momentum to Lesser’s proposal for a feasibility study of the project.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy sent a letter to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in January urging him to support enhanced rail service from Springfield through Worcester and onto Boston. Lesser traveled to the Connecticut State House earlier this month to meet with Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Connecticut Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff and other Connecticut officials to receive an update on the state’s plans to establish New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail service and discuss the importance of Lesser’s Boston-Springfield rail proposal to the economies of both their states.
Lesser has reintroduced a bill in the Massachusetts State Senate to require the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to move forward with a feasibility study of Boston-Springfield high-speed rail after the same bill passed both the House and Senate last year before being vetoed by Gov. Baker.