A commuter rail station surrounded by housing units (condos, apartments and private homes?.....uh, isn't that now called "transit oriented development"!! The State Regional Planning Authorities are really pushing this idea at the present time. Makes sense to me.
The FEIR (Final Environmental Impact Report) report on the NB/FR Line WAS APPROVED by the State environmental people.
Great!! BUT, it then had to be FUNDED;.....plop! No money available from the State.......it all went into the freakin' "big dig." Now, the FEIR was tossed out (after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on it) because the State cannot afford to build the line without Federal money.... Back to square one! Federal environmentl specifications for environmental issues are stricter than the State regs. That's why the MBTA wanted to build the line with State money ONLY! Now, a completely new study under both state AND federal standards has to be done!......which delays the project even further.
What a waste! Let's face it folks, it's all politics!! It makes me sick to see such a badly needed project gets tossed around with delay after delay while the "meter is running" Look at the projected cost of building the NB/FR Line 5 years ago,.....about four hundred million,......not 16 BILLION that was spent on the "disaster under the City"!