Alongside community and business leaders, the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of the Wachusett Commuter Rail station. Riding into the station from the Downtown Fitchburg train stop, a group of travelers applauded as the train pulled into the station after years of advocacy and measures to extend the commuter rail into West Fitchburg.
Passengers on the first train to enter the station included Mayor Stephen DiNatale, Chamber President and CEO Roy Nascimento, members of the city council, leaders from the business community, as well as transportation advocates.
“Expanding transportation opportunities is very important to the region,” said Nascimento. “This is a great resource for employers – as well as our tourist attractions.”
Currently, just two inbound and outbound trains service the Wachusett station with an expanded schedule beginning in November. The new station is a great resource for commuters, tourists and other travelers looking for an affordable and reliable transportation source. Many employers in the region have cited lackluster public transportation opportunities as an issue for filling vacant positions.
Wachusett Brewing joined in the celebration of the new train opening with their new “Fun Bus” – a van that will transport customers to and from the Wachusett train station, once it is fully operational. The train stop will also be a great way for skiers who make the trip from Boston to Wachusett Mountain.
Also on-hand to celebrate the opening was Can-Am Machinery, a Fitchburg company that has been actively engaged in expanding ‘reverse commute’ opportunities for employees who live in Boston, but work in North Central.