To the editor:

I read with interest Alan Chartock's concerns about the Berkshire Flyer in his column of May 18 ("Seasonal rail program an ill-advised use of taxpayer dollars.")

I note that the route of the rail track from Rensselaer to Pittsfield is roughly in the shape of the letter "U" with the most southerly point of the "U" being at the Mass-NY border near the B3 exit of the New York Thruway. Google maps shows that a rail siding also exists at that point.

It would seem that the Flyer might have more appeal to South Berkshire residents if Sen. Hinds proposal included a second stop near the B3 exit. This could shorten a weekend Flyer trip from New York City to points south of Stockbridge by at least 30 minutes.

John Galt,

Pittsfield