Mass. needs more rail and buses to ease commute - Sentinel & En...
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#1 Oct 22, 2008
This finger-pointing between Mass and NH has been going on since I was a little kid and everyone called our northern neighbor "Cowhampshire." But that's all it was: childish goings-on and snide remarks. There's no place for it in the grown up world. Whether NH driver use the highways or not isn't germane to the situation, and a quick glance says there are also cars from Maine, PA, NJ, RI and Quebec using those roads, too. So what? It doesn't matter whether or not people personally approve of who uses the roads; what matters is that the highways are very crowded and slow. Very few people get paid for a 1-1/2 commute, and even the fortunate few who do are still stuck in a car and unable to do anything else for three hours a day. Commuter trains may be a good solution, many of the tracks and RR right-of-ways still exist. The commuter train used to run all the way to Gardner and the tracks keep going north from there. More busses is an instant option, along with bus lanes. Time to stop pointing fingers and start looking at solutions.
#2 Oct 22, 2008
It costs less to drive my small car 32 miles each way than to take the train hop on a bus and pay for parking. it is not cost effective and in Ma. it will never be. So why should we take the train? to save money? Why pay more for less?
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