Boston (MA) – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and State Representative Sean Garballey (D-Arlington), co-chairs of the Massachusetts Legislature’s MBTA Caucus, released the following statement after the Baker-Polito administration and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected Arup USA Inc. to study the feasibility of building the North South Rail Link between North Station and South Stations in Boston. Senator Eldridge and Representative Garballey led the effort to successfully secure $2 million in the 2014 Transportation Bond bill to fund an environmental impact report (EIR) study of the North South Rail Link.
“We’re happy to see the Baker-Polito administration take this important step on the proposed North-South Rail Link. The Massachusetts Legislature, dozens of municipal officials, labor unions and businesses, and a diverse array of transportation organizations believe that connecting North and South Stations through an underground rail link will improve the entire MBTA commuter rail system, reduce traffic and congestion in Greater Boston, improve quality of life, combat climate change, and boost the Commonwealth’s economy. The first step towards such a rail link is a robust study of this corridor, and we are excited to see this study move forward.
“We believe that any feasibility study on the proposed North-South Rail Link should include: a review of the most efficient and cost effective railroad equipment and operating practices; updated ridership models; a regional economic analysis; a health impact assessment; and opportunities for phasing of construction and electrification. Connecting North and South Stations would increase ridership, vastly improve the quality of life for commuters and working families in Massachusetts, and we will continue to work with the Baker-Polito administration to complete this important transit project.”