MA: East-west rail not in state budget, but backers see other funding options

Lawmakers passed a $56.2 billion Massachusetts budget Monday without $12.5 million the Healey administration requested for a passenger rail station...

August 8, 2023
5:16 AM

Lawmakers passed a $56.2 billion Massachusetts budget Monday without $12.5 million the Healey administration requested for a passenger rail station in Palmer and track improvements in Pittsfield — projects necessary for a long-awaited expansion. The projects in Palmer and Pittsfield are components of what could be a billion-dollar project to restore speedy and frequent passenger rail service from Boston through Worcester to Springfield and Pittsfield. 'It's essential that the station projects move forward, and even more important is that there continue to be momentum on the big infrastructure investment for east-west rail, Pittsfield to Boston,' said Eric P.