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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2558        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2655


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Jerald A. Parisella


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to preserve the right of way for the North South Rail Link.






Jerald A. Parisella

6th Essex

Steven A. Tolman


Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

William N. Brownsberger


Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Geraldine M. Creedon

11th Plymouth

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

James B. Eldridge


Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Susan C. Fargo


Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

Cleon H. Turner

1st Barnstable

Carolyn C. Dykema

8th Middlesex

Michael Dukakis

85 Perry Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Jay McCaffrey

Sierra Club, Director
10 Milk Street, #632
Boston, MA 02108

Daniel Lauzon

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
7 Highland Road
Rockport, MA 01966-1216

George J. Newman

2 Ferry Street
Jamestown, RI 02835

Wayne Davis

Box 4869
Portland, ME 04112-4869

Brad Bellows

87 Howard Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

John Businger

National Corridors Initiative, Vice President
33 St. Paul Street
Brookline , MA 02446

Richard J. Arena

Association for Public Transportation, President
82 Nedshire Drive
Middletown, NJ 07748

Michael Cooper

Association for Public Transportation, Co-President
51 Mather Street
Dorcester, MA 02124

James RePass

National Corridors Initiative, President
59 Gate Street
South Boston, MA 02127

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2558        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2655

By Mr. Parisella of Beverly, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2655) of Dykema and others for legislation to preserve the right of way for the North/South rail link Joint Committee on Transportation.


SEE HOUSE, NO. 3227 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act to preserve the right of way for the North South Rail Link.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 161C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding after the last sentence the following sentence:–

              Furthermore, to carry out the purposes of this section, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall preserve intact the right of way for the proposed North South Rail Link.  This right of way is extremely vulnerable to the impact of development and redevelopment around the existing rail tracks and terminals.  In addition, rail projects already in planning and construction phases will exceed the capacity of the South Station terminal. Preservation of the right of way for the North South Rail Link will assure that rail transportation can be enhanced or expanded in our region.

              SECTION 2.  Chapter 161C, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after section 7 the following section:–

              Section 8. This section requires the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through its executive office of transportation and construction, in consultation with the Massachusetts turnpike authority, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to perform a study to specifically identify and map the necessary right of way to allow for the construction of the proposed North South Rail Link connecting North Station to South Station.  This study must include particular reference to the Major Investment Study/Draft Environmental Impact Report (EOEA#10270), prepared under the aegis of the executive office of environmental affairs which was concluded on March 31, 2003.  A plan to preserve said right of way, once identified, shall be determined and implemented immediately.             

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