This blog arises out of a recent conversation on Twitter with local journalists and advocates reacting to a joint op-ed by former Massachusetts governors Michael Dukakis and William Weld advocating for construction of a North-South Rail Link (NSRL) in Boston. The NSRL would unite the disconnected halves of Greater Boston’s rail system. A follow-up story in Commonwealth argued that, regardless of its merits, there is simply no money available for NSRL. Gov. Dukakis has since responded.
Twitter is a difficult place to make a nuanced argument, so I’m going to try to do it here instead. While the immediate issue is a local one, many of the thoughts expressed here are relevant at the national scale. All views are my own.