From a Trains in the Valley report about the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) meeting on February 6th of the East-West Rail Study Advisory Committee: “To the surprise of many in the room the numbers presented (ridership projections and estimated costs) were wildly different than what the previous study (from 2016) had projected. / As example — for a service with 6 round trips a day between Springfield and Boston (Alternative 2 of the current study and the recommended option from the previous study) — the previous study projected 477,000 annual riders but the current study now only shows 48,000 annual riders. (a tenfold difference.) / The capital costs for the same service were projected to be $309 million in 2016 but the costs have now somehow ballooned to 2.12 billion — 7 times the cost that was estimated in the 2016 study.”
Two more meetings are coming up soon:
- Public Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the UMass Center in Springfield, Classroom 014, Tower Square, 1500 Main Street.
- Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, Feb. 24 from 1-3 p.m. at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Ballroom North, 3rd floor.
There’s space for four in car leaving from Great Barrington at 4.30pm – write firstname.lastname@example.org for details.