We continue to hear the “Impossible Dream” from Selectman Peter Meier and others on the board of selectmen as well as Mr. Tom Cahir of CCRTA.

None of them are following what the MassDOT, MBTA and almost two-year, millions-of-dollars plan for the next 20 to 25 years in the Rail Vision Plan, which was voted on by the Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) of the MBTA on November 4, 2019.

Mr. Cahir talks about New Bedford and Fall River (South Coast Rail) and a link from Middleboro to Bourne. I guess he didn’t know (but he should have) that the Fall River-New Bedford (South Coast Rail) is going through Stoughton, not Middleboro/Lakeville.

Yes Middleboro/Lakeville is probably going to get some renovation for getting full-length, high-level platforms to make passenger boarding easier, safer, and faster for accessible ramps, as are many other stations as part of the Rail Vision Plan.

We are getting our information from MBTA officials, CCRTA officials, plans such as the Focus40 Plan and the Rail Vision Advisory Committee (RVAC) and the FMCB.

I attended the RVAC meeting when they were discussing the six alternatives to present to the FMCB.

The RVAC voted alternative No. 6 to send it to the Fiscal and Management Control Board. I then heard the FMCB vote for alternative No. 6 for Full Transformation. This plan has a cost of $28 billion, and implementing it chunks at a time would bring it to $40 billion. As the plan doesn’t include community rail in Bourne now (population of 20,000) and no funding is appropriated for the future, there is no hope for a $1 billion to $2 billion community rail for Bourne. The South Coast Rail is estimated to cost over $3 billion and serve a population of approximately 200,000 in Fall River and New Bedford.

Please check it out for yourself: mbta.com/events/2019-11-04/fiscal-and-management-control-board-meeting. The meeting started with public comments 00:00 to 51.00 minutes; the discussion and vote by the FMCB at one hour and 23 minutes to two hours and 32 minutes. You will notice that the $20 to $40 million plan over the next 20 to 25 years doesn’t have any mention of community rail for Bourne. And yes those people who tell you that Bourne is getting community rail are deceiving you. It has already become a costly expense for Bourne for the “IMPOSSIBLE DREAM”.

Bill Stafford

Harmony Hill Road

Buzzards Bay

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