Getting from home to work in the most efficient, fastest, and the safest way possible is paramount in commuting, but those are the personal reasons. The large, more global reason is being a responsible commuter, and limiting my carbon trail along I-90.
A train would do that.
A couple of years ago the idea was brought up to me about having a commuter rail station in Brookfield at the current car transportation hub off of Route 49. I thought that would be fantastic idea, but knowing what would be needed to even secure a study into the feasibility of such a plan, and not seeing that at the time, I sighed, "Someday", and moved on.
Currently, there is a multi billion transportation bill before the legislature, H. 3860. One of the many provisions in the bill is for a Springfield to Worcester rail service.
Including a commuter rail station in Brookfield that would service the entire area should be part any planning, however this can only be accomplished by the area communities voicing their support, and voicing it loudly. Our board of selectmen as a body has yet to support the idea as a whole, however, individuals on the board have. Our town administrator has also supported the idea, as have many others in town.
|Currently, there are no commuter trains servicing central Mass
west of Worcester.
The next step is to secure the massive area support needed for the idea. Formation of a regional committee to formulate a plan, publicize the idea, gather support, and disseminate information is essential in order to proceed.
If you would like to have local train service access in Brookfield, then let your selectmen, and state representative know. Imagine boarding a train a few miles north, in Brookfield, as a commuter to Springfield, Worcester, or Boston, or a as a traveler to New York City, Cape Cod, or Montreal. Just having a train service amenity at our doorstep would improve life dramatically for everyone in the area.
I thought it was a wonderful idea a couple of years ago, and like it even more today. What I don't like is loosing the commuting marathon to pedestrians, and I would really enjoy letting someone else do the driving for a change.