Thursday, March 3, 2011

Finally - new Lechmere Station is a GO

MassDOT today announced that a land exchange agreement has been approved to facilitate extending the Green Line north of Lechmere Station to Somerville and Medford.

Commonwealth Conversations: Transportation: MBTA: New Lechmere Station Spurs Development

Buried in the press release are some interesting items.

Trackage rights off the Worcester Main Line to allow potential future passenger service from Worcester to Ayer. This will provide a connection between the Worcester and Fitchburg Commuter Rail Lines, and a potential future connection to North Station.

Trackage rights to provide future passenger service to New Hampshire. This would allow for the extension of MBTA Commuter Rail service from Lowell to Concord, NH through Nashua and Manchester. That project would ultimately be sponsored and funded by the State of New Hampshire, similar to current Commuter Rail service to Rhode Island.

Worcester to Boston via Ayer? OK that might take 4 hours :)

Seriously while I doubt we will see a commuter line from Ayer to Worcester anytime soon, getting New Hampshire service restored will be a well needed service.

At least we may now see some progress on building the Green Line to Somerville and Medford.

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