Can we just make the current MBTA better, before we go off and add major routes to the commuter rail?

From today’s Globe:

As state officials prepare to unveil potential routes for restored commuter rail service to New Bedford and Fall River next month, the mayors of those cities and Governor Deval Patrick are calling the projected $1.4 billion project a crucial step in boosting the long-struggling fortunes of those areas …

… While commuter rail restoration as a strategy for economic development may be less than clear cut, the mayors of New Bedford and Fall River remain passionate that it is key to sparking their future economic growth.

I’m sure it is a worthwhile idea. I love public transportation.

But, seriously.

Source: New rail service to Hub called economic boon – By Peter J. Howe, The Boston Globe

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