The project would be built as part of a railway improvement plan in the Montachusett region. The Montachusett Area Regional Transit Authority, the city of Fitchburg and the state are looking to join with the town in requesting a $65-million federal grant to pay for most of the project. The application deadline is next week.
Selectman Laila J. Michaud said she supports the project, but pros and cons need to be considered.
there are concerns the pollution from the layover station would affect
Crocker Pond, the only public swimming facility in town, and the noise
and fumes generated by trains there could be offensive.
Advisory Board member William Taylor said he is against the project.
"The concern of residents is that the railroad is a bad neighbor," he said.
said the vibration from the trains would be felt in nearby houses and
the carbon emissions would hang in the air on a moist night.
"And they just don't maintain their property," he said of the railroad.
Town Coordinator Karen Murphy said a rail line could bring other businesses into town.