Dukakis supporting plan to connect Boston train stations

Says he has no idea why Springfield-Boston link hasn't been a priority

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis speaks with reporters outside Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker's office at the Statehouse, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Boston. Two former governors, Democrat Michael Dukakis and Republican William Weld, met Wednesday with current Gov. Charlie Baker to promote an underground rail connection between North Station and South Station in Boston, adding to the pile of hoped-for improvements to the region's strained transit system. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (WWLP) – Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis met with lawmakers at the State House Monday, in hopes of connecting two of Boston’s major rail lines.

The goal is to build an underground tunnel linking Boston’s North Station and South Station. Connecting the two stations would allow Amtrak passengers traveling through Boston to have a continuous ride.

Dukakis, a major supporter of the initiative, met with state lawmakers and mayors Monday to discuss the economic benefits and possible cost of such a project.

Current Governor Charlie Baker is concerned about how much it will cost taxpayers.

While state lawmakers focus on expanding rail in the Greater Boston area, 22 News asked Dukakis why there has been hesitation to connect rail service from Springfield to Worcester and Boston.

“Beats the hell outta me! I can’t explain to you why my successors fussed around on this thing and it didn’t move forward. I think we can, we should and we can do it at a very reasonable cost,” Dukakis said.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) told 22News that he doesn’t see the state expanding rail service from Springfield to Boston anytime in the near future.

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