What Is Trolley Service? Where Would It Run?

The Planning Board’s first question in last week’s poll (“Your Thoughts About Trains”) was “Trolley service should be provided connecting Foxborough with Walpole and Mansfield.” with no explanation of what this meant.

Did those posing the question mean:

  1. Train service to Walpole and Mansfield, continuing on to Providence or Boston on the existing CSX line in Foxborough (no transfers necessary)
  2. Train service to Walpole and Mansfield only (no through service to Providence/Boston) on the existing CSX line in Foxborough with connections to only Mansfield and Walpole (transfers necessary)
  3. Road based Trolley service to Walpole and Mansfield instead of train service on the CSX line to Foxborough
  4. Road based Trolley service to Walpole and Mansfield in addition to train service on the CSX line to Foxborough
  5. Bus service to Walpole and Mansfield instead of train service on the CSX line to Foxborough
  6. Bus service to Walpole and Mansfield in addition to train service on the CSX line to Foxborough
  7. Something else?

Did the question writers also mean one of the following?

  1. Between Gillette Stadium Parking Lot and train parking lots in Mansfield and Walpole
  2. Between Gillette Stadium Parking Lot and somewhere in Mansfield and Walpole
  3. Between somewhere in Foxborough and train parking lots in Mansfield and Walpole
  4. Between somewhere in Foxborough and somewhere in Mansfield and Walpole
  5. Somewhere else?

There is an existing railroad track line, known as the Framingham Secondary line which runs through Foxborough from Framingham to Mansfield. Currently, there are one to two freight trains travelling through Foxborough daily. On game days, the train takes fans to Gillette Stadium from Boston and Providence. The MBTA has recently acquired a portion of this line, including the Foxborough segment, from CSX rail. A proposal for daily commuter rail service connecting to Boston has been floated. The Weekly Poll wants to know what you think. Please check whether you Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree of Strongly Disagree with each of the statements below.

Reporter claims there were about 250 respondents to this poll, 94% live in Foxborough.

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One response to “What Is Trolley Service? Where Would It Run?

  1. You might be too subtle here — you may need to directly state that the question is so poorly structured that the responses are, for all practical purposes, meaningless.

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