Legislators push Stoughton route

Nine state legislators from Southeastern Massachusetts have sent a letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers, urging them to approve the South Coast Rail project. The project would extend commuter rail lines from Boston to New Bedford and Fall River, with the favored route going through Stoughton Center. But Stoughton selectmen have voted to oppose the project, and residents have twice voted to add funds to the town’s legal services budget to fight the proposal. Selectman Chairman John Stagnone said the money remains in the budget, and “the Stoughton route is a long way from being picked.” Stagnone said he would prefer the expansion of existing bus service.