Bourne Voters to Consider Next Step in Commuter Rail Proposal

railroad crossingBUZZARDS BAY – Plans to bring daily commuter rail service to Buzzards Bay are picking up steam.

Voters in Bourne will decide at special town meeting in January whether to take the next step in bringing year-round commuter rail service to Buzzards Bay. Residents will be asked if they want to join the MBTA service district, which would be required should the state extend service to the village.

“Commuter rail to Buzzards Bay would be a huge infusion of economic activity,” said CCRTA Administator Tom Cahir, who is also a Bourne resident. “I’ve been involved with commuter rail around the Commonwealth, and rarely is there a community that’s just so ready for it.”

If service were to be extended to Buzzards Bay, it would become the new terminus of the Middleboro-Lakeville line, which provides daily service to Boston’s South Station.

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Cahir said the cost of extending service from Middleboro-Lakeville would be minimal, as welded rail is already in place between Middleboro and Buzzards Bay.