Eagerly anticipated by passenger rail advocates, a study looking at the possibility of linking North and South stations should be ready for public dissemination later this month, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Monday.
Gov. Charlie Baker has been skeptical of the proposal to build a tunnel connecting the two rail terminals used by the MBTA and Amtrak, but agreed to look into the project backed by former Govs. Michael Dukakis and Bill Weld, Congressman Seth Moulton and many others.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation last year hired Arup USA Inc. for $1.5 million to look at the feasibility of connecting by rail the two stations that are a mile apart, located on either side of crowded and historic downtown areas.
The plan is to publicize a draft of the study by the end of June and then solicit public feedback, Pollack said.
"We did modeling. We hired consultants. All the things that we promised we were going to do. We now have that initial set of work just about done. It will be finished up in the next few weeks," Pollack told reporters. (read more)
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