BOSTON (CBS) — MassDOT has narrowed down its options for a possible east-west passenger rail project. Officials estimate the project could cost between $2.4-4.6 billion and serve between 278,000 to 469,000 annual riders.
The first choice would provide direct service between Pittsfield and Boston. It would share the CSX and MBTA tracks which already exist.READ MORE: Police Searching Woods In Abington For Missing 5-Year-Old Elijah Lewis
The second option would use shared tracks at the beginning and end of the line but a new track between Springfield and Worcester.READ MORE: 'Plan For Alternatives': Toys May Be In Short Supply This Holiday Season
The third option, which is similar to the second but would add high-speed shortcuts between Springfield and Worcester.MORE NEWS: Lauren Astley's Father Works With Wayland Students To Raise Awareness About Teen Dating Violence
“The study recommends a series of next steps to further advance planning for East-West rail, including further discussions with CSX about its policies for use of its tracks between Springfield and Worcester, a follow-up study detailing the potential economic and community benefits and impacts, development of a new approach to governance for passenger rail service in Western Massachusetts and efforts to identify possible funding sources,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.