, Salem, MA


January 30, 2014

Letter: Light rail a good fit for Peabody

To the editor:

I am writing in response to Nelson Benton’s column (”Centering efforts on the square”) that appeared on Jan. 10. He wrote about the possibility of a light rail system linking downtown Peabody with the new MBTA transportation hub in Salem, and that “expansion of the public transportation infrastructure should not be viewed as pie-in-the-sky but, rather, a commonsense solution to a problem that only appears to be getting worse.”

I was very pleased to see that he also has the vision that I shared with the voters of Peabody during my campaign for councilor at large in last November’s election. This was the central issue of my campaign, and one I have raised since the time I was in college and Peter Torigian was mayor.

The only way the traffic situation will improve is to offer transportation alternatives and take some cars off the streets.

I would also add that I would suggest that light rail line extend to the Northshore Mall, as well. That would be especially beneficial during the Halloween season.

Rather than have thousands of cars getting off Route 128 and clogging up Route 114 on their way into Salem, they can simply park at the mall and take the light rail into Salem.

Peter Bakula





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