Boston City Council Approve High Speed Rail Plan

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Riding the train from one end of the state to the other is beginning to look like a real possibility.

The Boston City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution of support for an east-west high-speed rail connection to Springfield.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley, who introduced the resolution, said the service could be transformative for the Commonwealth.

“Boston should care about Western Mass, because the economic challenges of Western Mass are connected to the problems we face here in Boston,” O’Malley said. “We have high housing costs, we have a high demand for space. Western Mass has low cost of living but less opportunity.”

The resolution notes that Boston deals with high housing prices and traffic congestion, while Springfield is struggling with declining population, employment and housing demand.

MassDOT is conducting a feasibility study of the high-speed link.

They are expected to conclude their study either late this year or early next.

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