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Reader Poll: Should Boston Build a North-South Rail Link?

Feasibility studies for a North–South rail link connecting North Station and South Station by underground train have been in the works for years. The discussion recently resurfaced in a Thrillist article about the tunnel being the one missing piece that could connect the whole east coast by train.

Proponents of the rail link argue that it would decrease traffic congestion and allow residents to pursue job opportunities in a larger radius because it would improve commute times. Some even say it would make the housing market more affordable because of improved access. WBUR ran an article earlier this year with three reasons to build the link now.

Opponents to the rail link worry that the disruption and cost of the project would not be worth the benefits. Residents who remember the Big Dig project, which was billions of dollars over budget and took eight years longer than expected, are concerned about another downtown dig. The Boston Globe ran an article last year with three reasons not to build the link.

What do you think? Should Boston build the North-South rail link? Vote in our poll and add your comments in the section below.

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3 Replies to “Reader Poll: Should Boston Build a North-South Rail Link?

  1. It would be nice, but at this point it looks like a blank check. Just took another fare increase with no improvement, have to wonder what this will do. Without numbers you can’t define cost-benefit or make any type of projection. The declining T ridership isn’t due to lack of a North-South rail link

  2. This should have been done years ago. It would promote more public transit and make life easier for hundreds of thousands of people if not millions. Unlike the big dig this would be win/win. Thousands of people commute every day. This would be extremely beneficial.

  3. Yes build it now and reap the benefits for decades; the Big Dig was an economic engine for eh area and well wworth the $20 billion (or whatever it really was) and the two decades of dust and dirt. “He not busy being born, is busy dying” Bob Dylan

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