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Re-open the East Lynn/Chatham Street MBTA Station.

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Ask the MBTA to Conduct A Feasibility Study on Re-Opening the East Lynn Commuter Rail Station: From 1880 until 1959 there was an East Lynn Commuter Rail station at the intersection of Chatham Street, Brookline Street and Parrott Street. There was a ticket booth there until 1949. It's time to ask the MBTA to examine the issue of re-opening this station. Consider the following: 1. Energy prices continue to rise. Improved access to commuter rail service will help decrease automobile traffic and emissions. 2. The City of Lynn's isolation has contributed to our economic woes of the last 30 years. Increased commuter rail service will help make Lynn more accessible to Boston and points north. 3. The MBTA has plans to extend service to downtown Medford, Fall River, New Bedford and the TF Green Airport in Rhode Island. There are also plans to seriously upgrade service in Worcester and Haverhill. Unlike these projects, opening another station in Lynn won't require massive expenditures or building new infrastructure. 4. Lynn is the largest community on the north shore MBTA route (with 90,000 residents), and East Lynn is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods on the route (15-39,000 residents per square mile). And yet the city has only one station. 5. Beverly has 35,000 residents and 5 commuter rail stations. Two stations are located half a mile apart and serve a neighborhood with fewer than 1000 citizens per square mile. 6. Reopening the station will improve the neighborhood economically helping to make the case to extend the Blue Line to downtown Lynn. 7. Residents from Lynn Beach and Diamond District all the way to Lynn English High school will be able to conveniently walk to the commuter rail. At a recent debate, Mayor Clancy and challenger Judy Kennedy Flanagan both stated that they support asking the MBTA to investigate re-opening the station. Please sign this petition asking the MBTA to conduct a feasibility study on reopening the East Lynn commuter rail station. Please include your name and street address.


This petition is sponsored by concerned neighbors and citizens of the City of Lynn who want see our community better served by the MBTA.


http://www.greenlineextension.org/ http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/09/24/deal_expected_to_boost_commuter_rail_service/ http://bizblog.projo.com/2009/09/mbta-approves-t.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn,_Massachusetts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverly,_Massachusetts
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