Times Record: Gerzofsky off the rails (April 5, 2013)

We’re scratching our heads over the letter Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, sent to the operator of the Amtrak Downeaster, criticizing that agency for wanting to site “an industrial-use facility in a residential neighborhood.”

Gerzofsky says a $12 million layover facility for passenger trains on federally owned land between Church Road and Stanwood Street would harm Brunswick residents. He calls it “abuse” and an “irresponsible use of taxpayer money.”

Leaving aside the fact that, without state or local jurisdiction, Gerzofsky has no standing in the matter, here’s a few questions:

First, if abutters are complaining about train noise and idling, wouldn’t construction of a storage building go a long way toward addressing those concerns?

Second, if abutters are concerned about damage to property and quality of life, weren’t they justly informed about the location of the tracks — operative on and off since the mid-1860s — when they purchased?

Finally, if a tenant bringing visitors, jobs and cultural opportunities to the Mid-coast wants to double down with an additional $12 million project, isn’t that a good thing?

We recognize the need to go to bat for constituents, but Gerzofsky’s public upbraiding of an agency offering constructive solutions and quality jobs does Brunswick no favors.

Get on board, Stan. This train’s leaving.

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