Boston City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Supporting East-West Rail

Sen. Eric Lesser applauds unanimous decision showing growing support for East-West Rail

BOSTON — State Sen. Eric P. Lesser welcomed the news Wednesday that the Boston City Council unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by City Councilor Matt O'Malley in support of East-West Rail between Boston and Springfield.

“Improved regional transit is an ideal yet under-explored element of the solution to Boston’s housing cost and congestion challenges,” the resolution reads in part.

It also notes that “East-West rail could also form a key part of Boston and the Commonwealth’s carbon reduction goals.”

The Boston City Council’s support for East-West Rail — which Sen. Lesser has championed since 2014 — adds to a growing list of supportive Eastern Mass. organizations, including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council of Boston.

City and statewide leaders such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and State Sen. Joseph Boncore, who is the Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee and represents part of the City of Boston, have also shown enthusiasm for the proposal.

“More and more organizations, activists and elected leaders across our state are recognizing that East-West Rail is a good idea whose time has come. It’s time to connect both ends of our state so that our regional economies can support one another and grow together. It’s time to solve our state’s transportation and housing crisis. It’s time to bring new jobs, new housing and new opportunities to ALL our families!” Sen. Lesser said.

“High speed East-West Rail will be transformative not just for Western Mass, but for Boston as well. This transit innovation will help tackle Boston’s high housing costs and congestion while spreading the economic opportunity available in Boston across the entire Commonwealth and reducing our carbon emissions. I’m proud to lead the Boston City Council in joining Senator Lesser’s advocacy for an idea whose time has come,” said Councilor O’Malley.

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Ryan Migeed