Passenger rail would boost local economy

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Nashua Telegraph – In the early ’80s, I lived in the Boston area. The Red Line subway was being extended from Harvard Square to three new stations, ending at Route 2 near Arlington, Mass. At the end of the line, a large parking garage was built, including electric car charging stations. After the extension was completed, I witnessed rapid economic growth near every new subway station: new stores, restaurants and offices. Property values also increased.

In Nashua, we have been fighting to get Boston commuter rail extended to our city. I strongly believe that extending commuter rail to Nashua and also to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport would bring rapid economic growth and attract new employers to our cities. If we built it, the businesses will come, adding jobs and improving our tax base