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Downtown Trains, Traffic Reason For Lt. Governor's Visit to Framingham

Sen. Karen Spilka: "The at-grade train crossing in Framingham is the single greatest barrier to the revitalization of downtown."

The MetroWest legislative delegation met with Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey yesterday (Aug. 20) regarding efforts to mitigate congestion caused by the rail crossing in downtown Framingham.

Murray and Davey rode the 7:45 a.m. train from Worcester into Framingham to meet with Reps. Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland) and Chris Walsh (D-Framingham) and Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland).

Within minutes, the group walked to the intersection at 126 and 135, and a train came by that stopped traffic to demonstrate the effect it has.

“The at-grade train crossing in Framingham is the single greatest barrier to the revitalization of downtown. It was encouraging to hear the administration’s commitment to acting quickly to ease traffic and improve the walkways,” said Spilka.

. “It can be revitalized and create an opportunity for small businesses to thrive, but we need to make it happen. We’re trying to make this a priority, so I’m hopeful we can see some progress.”

Afterward, the group met at the Memorial Building to discuss plans to mitigate the congestion. The meeting was closed to the public.

“This issue has been talked about for far too long” Walsh said. “The economic potential and impact for Framingham and the whole of the MetroWest area is huge, but only if we move on it. In this endeavor I believe we have partners in the Governor, Lt. Gov. Murray and Secretary Davey, and I am looking forward to helping put a shovel in the ground to finally create real change and real opportunity for our area.”

The renovation will likely require a partnership between local, state, and federal officials.

“Even more significant is putting in place a great team — the Lt. Governor, administration officials, Congressman Markey, the legislative delegation, and Framingham Selectmen and town officials — all committed to fixing the intersection once and for all," said Spilka.

Susan Petroni August 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM
@Renee - I'm with you!! We live off of Route 135 yet when I want to go to the library or anywhere downtown I avoid that Route 126/Route 135 intersection and instead take Fountain to Dudley/Mt Wayte. Every time I forget - it never fails I get stuck behind one of the trains. The MBTA ones are always quicker than the CSX ones, which sometimes I find myself humming "Schoolhouse Rock" while waiting ...
Jim Rizoli August 21, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I usually go Dudley Rd to avoid the trains, especially at the peak train times. I can almost drive to Boston quicker by the Pike than going across town. Jim@ccfiile.com
Ryan Seavey August 22, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Let's build a bridge over the tracks just like in so many other places along the tracks, Wow... I just solved that problem. Too bad it'll take another 20 years for the politicians to decide to even talk about doing that...
Jason August 22, 2012 at 02:17 PM
How about fixing the congestion at 135 and Beaver St?!? The light there doesn't allow for enough cars to get through if you're heading west on 135. It's ridicoulous! FIX IT!!
Dave Hornfischer August 25, 2012 at 09:28 PM
This is nice, but until something is done, it's merely a nice show and tell for politicos. That said, big endings can have small beginnings. BUT We all have learned to "be from Missori" on this. Next step: pay out some more big bucks to consultants for another plan? I'd be more impressed if the assembled gang had endorsed a specific plan of the many that have been funded .

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