State to buy Worcester-Boston rail line; Five more trains to start Oct. 27; more trains, routes to come later.Byline: John J. Monahan
BOSTON - After years of often difficult negotiations, state officials have reached agreement for future purchase of the rail lines from Boston to Worcester from CSX CSX Chessie Seaboard Multiplier (railroad transportation company)
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CSX Seaboard Coastline Railroad Corp., which will allow a major expansion of commuter rail service - starting with five additional trains between Boston and Worcester The following companies have been known as Boston and Worcester, running between the towns of Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts:
The agreement also provides for state purchase of three other sections of track in the state, including the South Coast rail line needed to develop new commuter service from Boston to New Bedford New Bedford, city (1990 pop. 99,922), seat of Bristol co., SE Mass., at the mouth of the Acushnet River on Buzzard's Bay; settled 1640, set off from Dartmouth 1787, inc. as a city 1847. and Fall River and two other key freight rail links in the Boston area.
Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray said besides the immediate addition of five new daily trains to Worcester, the agreement provides for the addition of up to six more daily trains between Boston and Worcester over the next four years, as certain milestones in the pre-purchase agreement are completed by the state and CSX.
Immediate plans call for the state to add two trains in the morning, two during the afternoon commuting hours and another mid-day train from Worcester starting Oct. 27. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is "a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision" of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater now runs 10 trains each way daily between Worcester and Boston.
CSX officials are scheduled to join with state, federal and local officials this morning to announce details of the agreement at Union Station in Worcester. The purchase agreement is expected to be signed today.
Mr. Murray said the breakthrough, after long and difficult negotiations with CSX, will mean Worcester area commuters will get a dramatic increase in train service which he and Gov. Deval L. Patrick have been working on for the last two years and which had been sought previously by Gov. Mitt Romney This article or section contains information about one or more candidates in an upcoming or ongoing election.
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He said the state and region will see major economic benefits.
"Study after study has shown we have got to do a better job of cross-pollinating our housing and workforce needs, and rail is one of the best ways to do that. Linking up the two largest cities and points in between in a way that is affordable and environmentally friendly Environmentally friendly, also referred to as nature friendly, is a term used to refer to goods and services considered to inflict minimal harm on the environment. makes absolute sense," Mr. Murray said.
The agreements provide for the state to undertake the elevation of highway bridges to allow double-stack freight trains between Interstate 495 and the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of state line, while the state also has agreed to help CSX with possible future relocation of a major Boston freight yard to one or more locations in Central Massachusetts, including Worcester. Together, Mr. Murray said, it could make Worcester "the new rail hub of New England New England, name applied to the region comprising six states of the NE United States—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The region is thought to have been so named by Capt. ."
Lisa Mancini, vice president of strategic infrastructure initiatives for Jacksonville, Fla.-based CSX, said the agreement provides for the company to replace the freight capacity lost to increased commuter services by providing for elimination of obstructions and low bridges for CSX "to bring double-stack trains into New England."
"We are glad to be part of it and we are very pleased with the result," she said of the agreements. She said the company will look at several possible sites in Central Massachusetts, including facilities in Worcester, Westboro and Brookfield, for possible relocation of operations from the 80-acre Beacon Park Beacon Park is a park in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.
The park has many statues and memorials, including one of Edward John Smith, the captain of the RMS Titanic. rail yard in Boston.
U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Worcester, who also worked for years on the negotiations, which involved more than 50 meetings in Boston, Washington, D.C., and CSX headquarters,
said with expanded commuter rail and new prospects for freight operations in Central Massachusetts, the effort "was worth all the hard work."
U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., also helped facilitate the agreement and met with CSX's top officials to encourage the deal. He will be among a group of officials who plan to take the commuter rail train from Worcester's Union Station to Boston this morning to mark what Mr. Kerry said is a "milestone" in expanding commuter rail service in the state.
"This has been a long and drawn-out negotiation, which I am really delighted has come to fruition here. It is really an historic day for all of Massachusetts," Mr. Kerry said. He said Congress recently authorized au·thor·ize
tr.v. au·thor·ized, au·thor·iz·ing, au·thor·iz·es
1. To grant authority or power to.
2. To give permission for; sanction: $900 million nationally for rail improvements, which will help fund some of the Massachusetts projects.
Jeffrey B. Mullan,
state undersecretary for transportation, said four rail lines will be purchased from CSX for a total of $100 million. That includes the
track between South Station in Boston and Union Station in Worcester now shared by commuter and freight trains, which accounts for $50 million of the
As part of the agreement, CSX will be granted easements EASEMENTS, estates. An easement is defined to be a liberty privilege or advantage, which one man may have in the lands of another, without profit; it may arise by deed or prescription. Vide 1 Serg. & Rawle 298; 5 Barn. & Cr. 221; 3 Barn. & Cr. 339; 3 Bing. R. 118; 3 McCord, R. to move freight on the Boston to Worcester line, but the track would be owned by the state, which would assume responsibility for maintaining the line and control dispatching of trains, once the purchase is completed. Mr. Mullan said the agreement must be approved by the MBTA MBTA Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
MBTA Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
MBTA Model-Based Tracking Algorithm board.
Exact times for the new Worcester train service have not yet been set. Plans call for the MBTA to extend the routes of a number of commuter rail trains between Boston and Framingham to provide the initial increased service to Worcester.
One key issue left unresolved is whether the state or CSX would assume liability for accidents, Mr. Mullan said. The agreements call for continued negotiations to settle that before the agreement results in the actual sale of the Worcester line to the state in 2012.
In the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile , the state will continue to assume liability as it has under previous commuter rail agreements with CSX.
The state would complete the purchase of the South Coast line to New Bedford and Fall River along with CSX's rights on several rail links in the Boston and Cambridge areas in 2009.
"This is a significant step forward and there is still some work left to be done, but there is an incentive for both sides to stay at the table and plow through to execute a difficult or laborious task steadily, esp. one containing many parts; as, he plowed through the stack of correspondence until all had been answered.
See also: Plow that," Mr. Murray said of completing the terms that would lead to state purchase of the Boston to Worcester tracks.
Mr. Murray said $10 million in federal infrastructure improvement funding set aside in an earmark earmark
taking a piece out of the edge or center of the ear with a punch as an identification mark. The shape of the mark may be registerable under local legislation. by Mr. McGovern last year could help pay for a new loop track and train maintenance facility in Worcester. That would allow two to four trains to be added to the Worcester-Boston commuter service, once the state completes the bridge work called for in the deal. Mr. Murray said if the liability issue is not resolved over the next several years, the Years, The
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See : Time state could "conceivably" decide not to purchase the rail line. "We aren't going to buy the line unless we come to some agreement on liability," Mr. Murray said.
The result: State officials have reached agreement for future purchase of the rail lines from Boston to Worcester from CSX Corp., which will allow a major expansion of commuter rail service.
Besides the immediate addition of five new daily trains to Worcester, the agreement provides for the addition of up to six more daily trains between Boston and Worcester over the next four years.
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