Letter: Passenger rail will boost county population

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To the editor:

Clarence Fanto's excellent column on ways to stimulate critical population growth in Berkshire County (Eagle, June 9) omitted one sure-fire technique — the restoration of passenger rail service to Boston and New York City.

When the Virginia Railway Express linking Washington with Manassas and Fredericksburg was being considered, homebuilders were willing to build stations in the Virginia countryside if railroad officials would promise to stop there. The builders knew if those stops were made, people would move there in droves, and they did. Rail lines from Boston to North Adams and Pittsfield are already in place, and the Berkshire Flyer startup next year will restore a weekend link, via Albany, between Pittsfield and NYC.

If the resources, and the political will, can be found to bring regular passenger rail back to the Berkshires, people will follow. You can bet the ranch on it.

Charles B. Dew,

Williamstown

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