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Duxbury wants weekend rail service

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Duxbury leaders are calling on state officials to reinstate weekend and holiday rail service to South Shore communities, but that is not likely to happen anytime soon. “Whether it’s First Night, Fourth of July, tall ships, sports teams celebrations, or just the ease of traveling to Logan Airport, we believe a strong market exists in the Route 3 and 3A corridors for weekend commuter rail,” wrote Town Manager René J. Read, at the request of selectmen, in a Jan. 27 letter to the state Department of Transportation’s board of directors. When asked about the request, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an e-mail: “The MBTA continues to struggle with daunting financial challenges. Rising operational costs, a multi-billion dollar maintenance backlog, and burdensome payments on long-term debt make it very difficult for the MBTA to consider restoring weekend service at this time.”

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