East-West Rail would give an economic boost to Worcester and Central Mass., experts say

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A project proposing a railroad line running from Boston to Pittsfield is seen by many in Western Mass. as a key step to advancing the region’s economy. But in Central Massachusetts, experts say, East-West Rail could be just as important.

“This is not just a project to serve Western Massachusetts. It is in turn linking Western and Central Massachusetts, as well,” said Paul Matthews, executive director and CEO of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau and a former member of the state committee researching the feasibility of the project. “It would provide new alternative means of bringing commuters and visitors into Worcester from the west using rail transit in ways that just don’t exist right now.”

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