This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
Life in the ‘ham

Riddle me this…

April 28th, 2008

What’s better than a downtown with a train running through the middle of a main route?

A downtown with TWO trains running across two main routes!

I don’t know when but I know someday there will be a solution to downtown’s infamous Rt.126/Rt.135 traffic problem.  There is a Framingam Railroad Task Force that is working on a solution to this problem, I’m not sure what their most recent ideas are but last I heard it’s still undecided which option is more (or less) realistic, making the train tracks go under the streets or the streets go under the tracks.  Maybe neither will happen but I know the Public Works Department is working on at least synchronizing the traffic lights. It’s a good start.


  1. Living south of downtown, I am literally living on the wrong side of the tracks if I want to drive to any major roadways. I read in a town document that moving the railroad, according to CSX, above or below the roadway would be cost prohibitted. I do wish they could schedule their larger trains for a better time though. The 80 or more car train at 7:45 results in delays that seem to last the entire morning. Great blog, by the way. Big fan of them both.

    Comment by Don on Draper April 29, 2008 @ 11:28 am

  2. Michelle, this site rocks, as usual!! I, too, am amazed that the largest town in the state is crippled by the train tracks running straight through the busy downtown area.

    I’ll bet if we could eliminate this gridlock we’d have a downtown area that’s much, much more attractive to developers and fine shop owners. The key to the downtown redevelopment, in my opinion, is getting rid of the train problem, once and for all, just as was done in Natick Wellesley, Auburndale, Newton, etc., etc.

    Comment by Sarah O. April 30, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  3. How about running the freight trains IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GOD DAMN NIGHT INSTEAD OF RUSH HOUR! Who the hell thought this was a good idea? They should be tied to the track and run over by the 20 minute delayer that joins the route 135 line from Sherborn. No trains encircle the governor’s mansion at that hour, why do you think that is?

    Sad thing is some consultant is going to make a fortune recommending an expensive solution that’ll take years (see also “The Big DIg”) and run way over budget. Drag him behind the train while you’re at it as well.

    Comment by Ray April 30, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

  4. Have you seen this reporting at Its like we parents with you kids in framingham are getting hit by that train! The public school system is broke and Summit Montessori was hit my a train. The trains are a drag but what are we going to do about our schools. I’m surprised you haven’t point out this mess that is effect a lot of us and our future.

    Comment by Heidi May 1, 2008 @ 6:01 pm

  5. I take the commuter train in from the ‘Ham every day. All the other towns to the east of us have bridges over the tracks. I know that would cost a small fortune, but it’s the best option. If we kill that incredibly expensive bus service and find a was to tax SMOC on all their property, we could make it happen.

    Comment by MsBart May 21, 2008 @ 10:47 am

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