An email came in today from a reader up in the northeast. It deals, in part, with transit, but also takes a broader regional view.
I thought you might be interested in the links below, they deal with a long stalled commuter link between New Haven (and Metro-North RR) and Springfield, MA, going through Hartford, CT. It is a great plan, and was interestingly put on ice a few months back by the Bush administration’s EPA, who suddenly decided that the environment was something that needed looking at for a construction project that would foster less driving…However the current economy and increased interest in infrastructure may actually get it done.
One other note, I believe that after this is implemented, there are those out there that want to bring it further north from Springfield through the Pioneer Valley (Amherst, UMASS, Holyoke) on to Brattleboro, VT. Brattleboro is a nice little town, pretty walkable and I believe a stop on the Amtrak to St. Albans. Brattleboro is also along the proposed (but maybe never to be realized) hi-speed route from Boston to Montreal. Regardless, the regional rail model could even grow north to White River Junction and the Dartmouth area. If anything it would bring regional connectivity to a whole new level, such as going from northern New England to Grand Central Terminal all on frequent local commuter rails.