U.S., Massachusetts: Federal Help Unlikely for $2.4 Billion to $4.6 Billion East-West Rail

By State House News Service, Banker & Tradesman; October 1, 2020

A passenger rail expansion to western Massachusetts could attract 278,000 to 469,000 riders per year at a cost ranging between $2.4 billion and $4.6 billion, but the long-sought project will find it very difficult to attract federal funding, a new analysis says.

State Department of Transportation consultants presented a new report Wednesday with updated estimates for the proposed commuter rail extension, another key milestone as state officials weigh whether and how to expand regular passenger rail service west of its current terminus in Worcester.

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