RE: pqrr: More, Boston-Montreal train service
- Now this would be fantastic!
>Getting access to the US federal "highway slush fund" would be great!
>Apr. 06, 2000 (States via COMTEX) via NewsEdge Corporation - WASHINGTON,
>April 5 - A plan to extend high-speed train service from Boston to
>that could cut in half commute times for New Hampshire and Vermont
>who drive to Boston is being pushed by New England lawmakers. The
>legislators, including Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci and both of the
>state's US senators, want to extend the 110 mile-per-hour train service
>already planned between Boston and New York, through Lowell, Nashua,
>Manchester, Concord, Montpelier, Burlington, to Montreal. An April 4
>from Vermont Senator Jim M. Jeffords to President Clinton and US
>Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater argued that the heavily-populated
>area has become congested, and urged them to upgrade tracks along the
>330-mile stretch between Boston and Montreal with federal highway funds.
>"Our population density and a 150 percent increase in travel throughoutRiver
>England has combined to overwhelm traditional modes of transportation in
>region," the letter said. The rail would also allow passengers to use the
>Manchester airport as an alternative to Logan Airport. "Boston's Logan
>Airport, the hub of the region's air traffic and one of the main gateways
>for travelers to northern New England, is among the nation's busiest,"
>letter said. The proposed extension would allow residents in southern New
>Hampshire to cut their driving commute times to downtown Boston -- about
>four hours -- down to two hours, said Jeffords' legislative director Ken
>Connolly. Passengers would be able to reach Montreal in three hours.
>is currently no passenger train service between Massachusetts and Canada.
>The project would cost roughly $500 million, paid under 1998 legislation
>calling for the expansion of high-speed rail service around the country.
>project would entail [re]building new tracks between Concord and White
>Junction, Vermont, a stretch that currently lacks any service. "High[Could this actually be building steam!?-GB]
>rail service between Boston and Burlington will bring significant
>and transportation benefits through New England,"
>Senator Edward Kennedy said Wednesday."We have already made progress in
>linking Boston to New York City, and this proposal is an important
>of that effort." Amtrak, whose Northeast Direct train from Boston to New
>York has been delayed until later this year, would operate the new line.
>Representatives James McGovern of Worcester, and Martin Meehan of
>Lowell, with Senator Robert C.Smith and Representative Charles Bass, both
>Republicans of New Hampshire, and Vermont Independent Bernard Sanders,
>signed the letter.
>By Alex Canizares
Another large problem to deal with is that 8 mile, $13 billion hole in the
ground of Boston called Interstate-93!