Secretary Matthew A. Beaton, EOEEA,
Attn.: MEPA Office (Purvi Patel)
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114
CC: Jean Fox
Ten Park Plaza, Room 4150
Boston, MA 02116
Dear Secretary Beaton,
The proposed South Coast Rail project will provide vital transportation to Southeastern Massachusetts that will greatly impact the region's economy. As State Representative for Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket Counties, I urge you to move forward with the Middleboro route for the proposed South Coast Rail Project.
The Middleboro route is significantly less expensive, takes less time to implement, and requires less environmental permitting than the Stoughton route. Estimates also project the Middleboro line could cost more than $2 billion less- a huge savings in a $40 billion statewide annual budget. Over the next several years, the Middleboro rail infrastructure can be brought up to speed to quickly bring service to the South Coast - a region that for far too long has gone without rail access. The route also avoids the Hockomock Swamp and the quagmire of environmental permits required to run through it.
As a Representative for the Cape and Islands, I also envision a future where our region connects with the Middleboro line. Rail service to our region could boost our economy, afford residents from the Cape and Islands easier access to the greater Boston area, and alleviate some of the Cape’s notorious traffic problems. Fiscal responsibility, environmental stewardship, and quick access to service make the Middleboro line the common sense option for South Coast Rail.
I want to thank you for your leadership on this project and strongly encourage you to move forward with the Middleboro route.