Regional Rail

A Better Framingham/ Worcester Line - 17 Sep 2 PM @ Worcester Chamber

Business & Government Forum

Date and Time

Tuesday Sep 17, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT


Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
311 Main Street, Suite 200
Worcester, MA 01608




Worcester Chamber

Contact Information

Alex Guardiola
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This event is part of the official rollout of TransitMatters' latest report, Regional Rail Proof of Concept: How to Provide Frequent, All-day Service on the Worcester Line. The event will be held Tuesday, 9/17 at 2 PM in conjunction with the Worcester Regional Chamber at their office in Downtown Worcester.

The Commonwealth faces a decade of significant vehicular mobility disruption on Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) due to anticipated reconstruction and relocation of the elevated highway approaching downtown Boston and private sector air rights developments in the same area. The need for frequent and reliable transit and rail mobility along this corridor is urgent.

Our follow-up to last year's report puts forth both short-term and long-term solutions for the Metro West-Worcester corridor. The ultimate goal is a transition to Regional Rail (a vision for fast, frequent, all day, electrified service set forth in our Regional Rail report).

TransitMatters and the Worcester Regional Chamber hope you are able to join us. Details are included below, please RSVP to save your spot and a physical copy of the report. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Event Sponsors

Ventry Associates, LLP
BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts

Proof of Concept: Regional Rail 2.0 Launch - 12 Sep, 2019

This event is the official rollout of TransitMatters' latest report, Regional Rail Proof of Concept: How Modern Operating Practice Adds Capacity to the Current Commuter Rail Network. The event will be held Thursday at 1 PM at Conservation Law Foundation in Downtown Boston

Our follow-up to last year's report highlights how modernized operating practices can maximize the number of trains at South Station, adding capacity to the MBTA’s current commuter rail system. South Station Expansion is wasteful & unnecessary. We advocate for trying out our low-cost approach to increasing train throughout & capacity before we go down the rabbit hole of another multi-billion expenditure... an approximately $2 billion to $3 billion one. Especially given massive needs elsewhere.

We hope you are able to join us. Details are included, please RSVP to save your spot and a physical copy of the report. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Please RSVP here to save your spot and a physical copy of the report. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Proof of Concept: Regional Rail 2.0 Launch

Thursday, Sept. 12th, 1:00 PM

Conservation Law Foundation, Main Conference Room (2nd FL)

62 Summer Street

Regional Rail Whistle Stop Tour: Providence - 16 April 2019

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TransitMatters, in partnership with Grow Smart RI, will be taking our show on the rails to discuss our Regional Rail initiative - a plan to transform the current MBTA Commuter Rail system into a modern, more reliable intercity rail service with more frequent all-day service.

The Regional Rail Whistle Stop Tour will feature representatives from TransitMatters and a special guest representing the ridership of the Providence Line. After brief presentations about TransitMatters’ Regional Rail proposal, the floor will be opened up for questions, comments and dialogue.

Admission is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 to Grow Smart RI. Light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

What is Regional Rail?

Regional Rail is a transformational new business model for Commuter Rail that would bring rapid transitlike service to the entire Metro Boston region, including the Providence Line. Changes include frequent all-day service, systemwide electrification and free transfers between regional trains, subways, and buses. More information can be found here.

Who will be in attendance?

In addition to TransitMatters’ event partners, we expect our guests to come from all walks of life: officials, business leaders, activists, and most importantly, everyday riders of the MBTA Commuter Rail.

About TransitMatters

TransitMatters is a transit policy advocacy group based in Boston, MA. Incorporated as a non-profit in 2015, they advocate for fast, frequent, reliable, and equitable MBTA services in Metro Boston. Through discourse, they offer new perspectives, unite transit advocates, and inform the public on transit issues. They utilize a high level of critical analysis to advocate for plans and policies that promote convenient, effective, and equitable transportation for everyone.

About Grow Smart 

Since 1998 Grow Smart has provided statewide leadership for diverse public and private interests seeking sustainable and equitable economic growth. We promote such growth by advocating for compact development in revitalized urban, town and village centers balanced with responsible stewardship of our region’s natural assets – farmland, forests, the coastline, and the Bay. We inform leaders, decision makers and concerned citizens about the many benefits of compact development and asset stewardship and provide research and training on proven smart growth strategies. We convene broad coalitions that advocate policy reforms and specific projects designed to build communities where all people and businesses can thrive.