Seems like this reasonable approach is similar to the Rhode Island approach in that the CCRTA is contracting MBTA to run the trains. It would seem that having a small regional agency directing the project brings a dose of reality to the table.It really could pay for itself if they approach it in sloowww baby steps like this and stay on-point with the public-private partnerships and roping in other stakeholders like Amtrak. It makes the cognitive dissonance about South Coast FAIL and attempting to do that one in a monolithic build that much more absurd.
It's still got daily freight between east of the junction with the Hyannis Branch out to the waste transfer station next to Exit 8. Last of the freight to Dennis dried up a few years ago, and the tracks are currently severed at Station Ave. about 1/4 mile east of the transfer station. MassCoastal uses that little bit of track to turn around trains coming off the transfer station siding. The trail's going to pick up from Station Ave. and fill in the gap to Route 134.The train line ends at Hyannis but the rail trail starts in South Dennis. What happened to the section in between?
All of Chatham is 100% trailed...ends in the airport parking lot.Also, what became of the rail right-of-way between Wellfleet and Provincetown? Can it be turned into a trail?
As for the Chatham branch, I thought that had also become a trail.
I would love to see it extended to Orleans. Any way to widen the trail corridor to accommodate trains as well as cyclists?I believe everything east of Hyannis is rail trail now. With the P-Town ferry, that stretch is probably better suited to bus any way. Other than maybe Chatham, there aren't many large enough town centers to justify train service between Hyannis and P-Town.
Yes. It's pretty much barren land. But that branch too is abandoned-abandoned and pre-dates landbanking, so the state does not have reactivation rights. I very highly doubt they can get around the NIMBY's for a new-new construction line.I would love to see it extended to Orleans. Any way to widen the trail corridor to accommodate trains as well as cyclists?