Gilbert B Norman wrote:So Mr. Ironman, you are suggesting that if CSX does sell the B&A to a Short Line, there will no longer be a Class I serving New England.
The Port of Boston is quite small and for the most part lacks direct rail service currently although there have been talks to change this. "The Port" has virtually 0.0 political pull in this state.
The Port of Boston might not be too "happy 'bout that", which means politicians up that way might not be too "happy 'bout that". I think of how Boston got Amtrak Acela and electrification all the way when there is clearly less traffic than on the PRR end of things. Port served by two Class II's? How many maritime companies with their freedom to sail anywhere go to a Port with "questionable" rail service?.
You are correct that the Port of Boston has done little to bring rail to it's docks. The International Cargo Terminal was rebuilt with rail-on-dock that was never used. The D Street bridge was rebuilt with double-stack clearance but has never seen a revenue train pass under it. CSX did run a test engine down the line a few years ago but nothing came of it.
Docks in Everett have active CSX rail next to them and had an active shipper who was looking for rail service. Somebody dropped the ball here and Eimskip moved to Portland. Docks once served by rail in Charlestown are decrepit and the tracks severed years ago. NIMBYS will fight and win any revival.
So you are right and I agree with you to a point. However know that Massport does tout it's proximity to the national rail system first at Beacon Park and now at Worcester, both being a short truck trip down the Mass Pike. So even though they have done nothing to bring rail to the Port, losing that Class 1 carrier might cause some concern. Maybe a crazy little entrepreneurial regional RR would actually work harder to get the rail service to the Port going? A single level container shuttle to Worcester wouldn't be impossible to do. Plenty of vacant land at the Massport Marine Terminal (http://www.mass.gov/anf/property-mgmt-a ... lease.html
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