Media Statement - MassINC Regional Rail Poll

Courtesy of MassINC Polling Group, 2019

BOSTON, September 26, 2019 — 

Today’s MassINC poll (topline results, crosstabs) of Massachusetts residents affirms that there is overwhelming public support for the Regional Rail vision and business model that TransitMatters has proposed as a better way to provide “Commuter Rail” service throughout Metropolitan Boston and the Commonwealth. It also underscores that the vast majority of Massachusetts residents understand that Regional Rail is vital to their quality of life and to the state’s economic future.  

Our vision for Regional Rail – a fully electrified system with high level platforms and frequent all-day service, which offers trip times faster than presently – is one that can become our reality sooner than later. The Providence Line is already electrified and the Framingham/Worcester line requires substantial near term improvement as mitigation for the upcoming disruption of the reconstruction and relocation of I-90 in Allston. Additionally, the Fairmount Line is the shortest line and travels through an environmental justice community that has campaigned for rapid transit service for decades. These three lines represent the obvious beginnings of what should be a phased implementation of Regional Rail across our current Commuter Rail system. 

Knowing that there is such strong public support, Regional Rail must move from aspiration to implementation during the lifetime of the current administration.  We call on Governor Baker and House and Senate leadership to join us and the overwhelming number of Massachusetts residents who support this transition to a modern, reliable Regional Rail network. We stand ready to roll up our sleeves and provide support to all stakeholders as together, we make this vital modernization program a reality. 

For media inquiries, please e-mail media@transitmatters.org

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