“I hope this survey is a wakeup call to those who question this project and have held it back,” said Sen. Lesser

SPRINGFIELD — Large majorities across the state support high-speed rail service connecting Springfield to Boston, according to a survey released Monday by the Western New England University Polling Institute.

The telephone survey found that 74 percent of respondents across Massachusetts support the creation of high-speed Boston to Springfield rail — including 80 percent in Central Massachusetts and 73 percent in Greater Boston.

Support was strongest in Western Massachusetts, where 87 percent of respondents back the proposed project.

Senator Eric P. Lesser has advocated for a study of high-speed rail connecting Boston to Springfield since he took office in 2015.

“I hope this survey is a wakeup call to those who question this project and have held it back. This statewide survey shows that in a time of unprecedented division and conflict, improving our infrastructure and linking our communities enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support. The public clearly wants, and needs, a 21st century transportation infrastructure that includes high-speed rail between Springfield and Boston,” said Sen. Lesser.

In October, Sen. Lesser bussed 40 constituents to the State House to testify before the legislature’s Transportation Committee in support of his bill proposing a study of east-west rail from Boston to Springfield.

This is the second time he has introduced this bill, which requires the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to move forward with a feasibility study of Springfield-to-Boston high-speed rail. The State Senate has passed this bill three years in a row.

Since then, the proposal has continued to gain support, including high-profile endorsements from U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and U.S. Congressmen Richard Neal, James McGovern and Seth Moulton, as well as the Chambers of Commerce in Boston and Springfield.

The full survey results can be seen here: http://www1.wne.edu/news/2017/11/highspeed-rail-tables.pdf

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