It’s an interesting time to think about investments in infrastructure, as the state legislature’s major transportation bill is now being finalized. As I experience Japan’s modern, expansive train system, I wonder what a bold transit plan for our Commonwealth, and the greater region, could do for our economic future?
For example, imagine a “bullet” train that travels, at least, 150 miles/hour (certainly, a far cry from our aging T fleet.) After years of hunting for an economic solution to our western region, what could a 30 minute commute between Boston and Springfield mean? Talk about an economic development engine that could also open up affordable housing alternatives!