MBTA launches effort to study commuter rail’s future needs

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BOSTON — MBTA is looking to hire a firm to help it determine the future needs of its commuter rail operation in Boston.

MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve says the study will enable the agency to figure out what future services and investments will be needed. The Commuter Rail Vision study will examine a wide variety of topics, such as the type of fleet needed to optimize the existing network and deliver new service, the system upgrades needed to accommodate various service expansions, if some sections of the network should be electrified, and where potential new stations should be located.

“Now is the appropriate time to think about the future needs of people in terms of our Commuter Rail system," says Commonwealth Transportation Secretary and MBTA CEO Stephanie Pollack. "Commuter Rail is going to play a more important role than ever before in the years ahead as people seek to reduce their carbon footprint, look for more efficient travel options, and strive for more life-work balance by putting the time spent commuting to good use in either relaxing or finishing up with office responsibilities.

This study, led by the Office of Transportation Planning and supported by MBTA Railroad Operations, is proposed to take 2 years and cost $3 million. MBTA hopes to award a contract to the winning bidder in September.

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