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Old Posted Jan 31, 2022, 1:22 PM
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Deal between CSX and Amtrak could help pave the away for East-West Rail
The freight railroad operator agreed to concessions to help grease the wheels for federal approval for its Pan Am Railways acquisition

By John Chesto
Boston Globe
Jan. 30, 2022

"After years of sitting at the platform, can a proposal for East-West rail service across Massachusetts finally leave the station?

It’s certainly more likely now, thanks to some legal maneuvering amid giant freight railroad operator CSX’s proposed acquisition of the smaller Pan Am Railways, a regional freight carrier based in Billerica.

So-called East-West Rail service from Boston to Springfield and beyond isn’t part of this merger, or at least it wasn’t supposed to be. But Florida-based CSX controls the rail right of way west of Worcester, all the way to the Albany station in Rensselaer, N.Y. And Amtrak is using some tough regulatory scrutiny of the merger as leverage to ensure it can expand passenger service in the CSX corridor when the time is right..."
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