East-west rail sees public support despite pricetag in the billions

SPRINGFIELD — A mostly supportive general public got its chance Wednesday to speak out on the prospect of expanding passenger rail service west from Boston through Worcester and Springfield to Pittsfield.

“I think it’s an important project,” said Marcus Phelps, a member of the Southwick Planning Board with a deep background in urban planning and land use policy. “It’s a lot of money. But we spend a lot of money every day. And this project could transform the state.”

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