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Proposed South Coast commuter rail causing angst

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Questions about how a new South Coast commuter rail will affect North Easton are nagging town officials as the public comment period on the $1.8 billion project’s environmental review closes and the design phase begins.

The Army Corps of Engineers last month confirmed the state’s long-held view that an electric rail line connecting Fall River and New Bedford to Boston — by way of Stoughton — has the least negative impact on the environment.

But taking the Stoughton route means trains will run right through Easton, raising local concerns about parking, traffic, and the tracks’ proximity to drinking water wells, as well as their impact on the graceful antique homes and buildings in the town’s historic district, since the plan must accommodate overhead power lines for the trains as well as tracks under Main Street, Town Administrator David Colton said.

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