Massachusetts: Re-examining gas tax could provide funding for upgrading commuter-rail system

The majority of Massachusetts residents apparently are all for dramatically improving the state’s commuter-rail system.

As long as it’s not on their dime.

That’s essentially the conclusion of a MassINC survey of 1,430 Bay State residents published last week.

Respondents overwhelming supported several ambitious projects, including the North-South Rail Link, the South Coast Rail project, and extending commuter —  rail service west to Springfield and Pittsfield.
In addition to these infrastructure improvements, nearly 85% of those surveyed want a wholesale overhaul of the rail’s delivery system, which would entail replacing the existing diesel fleet with electric-powered trains.