Commuter Rail Buzzards Bay Extension Has “Pilot Plan”

TRANSITBUZZARDS BAY – Another meeting will soon unveil a pilot plan for the proposed “T” commuter rail extension to Buzzards Bay.

Various transportation officials met with area planners and local lawmakers earlier this month regarding the extension, however 3rd Barnstable State Representative David Vieira said that the project is currently in its final planning phases.

“Officials from the MBTA and MassDOT will come down to roll out a pilot program option to get community input and find out if this is something the communities of Bourne and Wareham want to move forward with,” Vieira said.

He said it would not be a full extension, but will be a test run between Middleborough and the Wareham/Buzzards Bay area.

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority General Manager Tom Cahir said the infrastructure is already in place for the extension.

“Because of the success of the CapeFlyer, which goes along that same line, there have been other meaningful safety improvements at crossings, etc. throughout,” he said.

He said he suspects the state is considering a private enterprise leave Buzzards Bay for Middelboro, enter a T chain and run to South Station.

The state has said the service should be in place by the end of fiscal year 2017, but Cahir said that could mean by the end of this year.

The next meeting will take place on April 14th at 7 p.m. inside the Main Street Community Center in Buzzards Bay.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and give feedback.

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