Regarding your 10-10-12 commuter rail service from Springfield to Worcester article; this subject was approached by public input speakers at the Secretary of Transportation's "town meeting" at STCC last month.
Neither the Lt. Governor nor the MassDOT quantified how long "years away" is for this much needed line. Yet they (along with local Senate and House members) realize the job opportunities lost by local residents by not having this service.
It's been four years since the following appeared in a local newspaper: "SPRINGFIELD (10-13-2008) A new report by the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group is urging the state to pursue . a regional rail system that would connect Western Massachusetts with Worcester . The Massachusetts economy would greatly benefit from more public transportation, . . a commuter rail line connecting Springfield with .Worcester to the east . plus an Albany-to-Boston high-speed line passing through Springfield, would restore Springfield's reputation for being at the crossroads of New England."
Commuter rail has been available from Gardner and Worcester eastbound for many years. How long must Springfield, the third largest city in the state, continue to wait in line?