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New rail service from Worcester to Fitchburg?

Commuter rail line could go through Clinton

May 9 2008 Behind the Headlines No Comments

While most attention toward improving the state’s rail transportation is centered on the Fitchburg line and trips from Worcester to Boston, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray reiterated a plan this morning to reopen a passenger service from Worcester to Fitchburg on a line that would bring it through the town of Clinton and hook up with the commuter rail station in Ayer. Currently, only freight trains run on the lines between the two cities, which are owned by the CSX railroad company.

Murray made the comments at a Rail Summit at the DCU center this morning — a gathering of transportation gurus, officials and other interested parties to discuss roadblocks to improving rail transporation in the state. Former Gov. Michael Dukakis was the main speaker.

Commuters await the train at Union Station in Worcester.
Commuters await the train at Union Station in Worcester.
Murray said plans to offer passenger service between Worcester and Fitchburg are in very early stages and didn’t elaborate much further.
A commuter rail from Worcester to Fitchburg is something the town of Clinton publically supported two years ago when the town voted in favor of pushing the state to investigate the possibility.
The town, which still has an old passenger train depot that now houses a Laundrymat, hasn’t had passenger train service since the late 1950s. Supporters in Clinton, an old mill town, see the Fitchburg/Worcester service as a vital link not only for improving commuting options, but for revitalizing business and industry in the area.

The Times & Courier newspaper, which covers Clinton and Lancaster ran this piece recently on the effort.

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