|The Foxboro Reporter covers the meeting Dec. 2 in Walpole at which officials and residents slammed the plan and the secrecy behind it.
Sam Obar criticizes the plan in his blog. (Scroll down in Samobar for a history of the South Street Superfind site.)
The Patriot Place aspect that has dominated the discussion is only part of the story. Passenger numbers from a Foxboro station would do wonders for the north leg of the plan, providing additional justification for capital and operating costs on the Fairmount line.
As an added attraction, a 2010 MBTA report on the idea noted with some enthusiasm the possibility of using the former Bird Machine site in South Walpole as a railyard serving both Amtrak and MBTA trains. (link to 2010 story below) The CSX track the state is buying runs from Walpole to Patriot Place and five miles beyond to Mansfield Junction where it connects with Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and the T's Providence line. And there's more.
The Boston Globe reports Nov. 20 that the MBTA already intends to run commuter trains between Patriot Place in Foxboro and Boston via the junction at Walpole station. The trains would serve Patriots Place and Dorchester, but skip past Walpole and other suburban stops.
Earlier stories this autumn from The Attleboro Sun Chronicle:
Here are a couple of WalpoleNews stories from the 2010-12 go-around and a WalpoleWords thread from back then, still available for new comments.