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Rail Priority: A Discussion with State Senator William Brownsberger

Feb 2020 Infra

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    Free and open to the public.

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    1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits are available

Massachusetts is contemplating a program of investing in regional rail expansion that could cost tens of billions of dollars over the next generation. How can the region reduce congestion while embracing substantial mode-shifts?

Please join State Senator William Brownsberger and the INFRA\TECTURE and Urban Design Committees at BSA space on Monday, February 24th at 6:30pm to discuss the Greater Boston Region’s challenges and opportunities with respect to rail transit investment.

We will:

  • Discuss challenges and opportunities with respect to investment in public transit versus other infrastructure needs.
  • Speculate on the viability of a more connected rail network throughout the Greater Boston Region and the barriers to implementation.
  • Investigate the opportunities with enhanced service for the MBTA and more seamless connections along the Northeast Corridor.
  • Learn about policy implications and the process by which Beacon Hill identifies economic priorities for light rail.

About Senator Brownsberger

Will Brownsberger is the State Senator for the 2nd Suffolk & Middlesex District, representing Belmont, Watertown, and parts of Allston, Brighton, Back Bay, and Fenway. Senator Brownsberger serves as the Senate President Pro Tempore and the Chair of the Senate Committee on Redistricting, and has previously served as the Senate chair of the joint committees on Judiciary and Public Service. Prior to his 2011 senate election, Will served as State Representative for the 24th Middlesex District for five years. While serving as Assistant Attorney General and through his years as a Selectman, Will taught, consulted, and conducted research on criminal justice issues, holding positions at Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addictions, Boston University School of Public Health’s Join Together Program, the Kennedy School of Government’s Program on Drugs and Crime, and Harvard’s Interdisciplinary Working Group on Drugs and Addictions.