Thursday, October 2, 2008

Better train service to Worcester, New Bedford?

Massachusetts political leaders plan to announce a $100 million deal today to buy train tracks from a private rail company in hopes of improving commuter service between Boston and Central Massachusetts and obtaining a key link for a new commuter line to Fall River and New Bedford.

Train service has been a source of frustration all along the east-west corridor, where commuters from suburban towns such as Wellesley and Framingham have joined Worcester residents in demanding more frequent and more reliable service to Boston. Murray, a former Worcester mayor, ran for statewide office in part on promises to revamp service.

Under today's deal, improvements to service are expected to happen in stages.