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Your March 16th Opinion column comment that "we need a high-speed commuter rail line linking Springfield to Boston" was almost accurate. What we do need is a commuter rail line linking Springfield to Worcester and points east. But why just a commuter rail service and not a "high-speed" one? Most articles by commuter rail experts agree that the maximum speed U.S. trains will be able to achieve, at least along the eastern coast states, is around 78 mph. We do not have the infrastructure means in most heavily populated areas of the U.S. to duplicate the European or Japanese high-speed train models. But drive the Mass Pike at 78 mph and you probably still will fall behind most auto and truck traffic. Instead of the much needed east/west connecting service, elected officials concentrate on the north/south route. But what reasonable person would consider even the remotest possibility of a truly high-speed link in that heavily populated corridor? Perhaps your readers can contact their representatives and senators and make your perceived need at least a partial reality. Jim Raschilla Chicopee
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