My duties as the Town of Cohasset Greenbush Ombudsman included liaising with the town’s people and stakeholders of this south shore Massachusetts town and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The project was a proposed expansion of the commuter rail line to the shore of the City of Boston. This expansion was proposed through the Old Colony Line right of way which had been dormant for many years. I worked closely with web designers to create the website for communication purposes and served as the primary point person through the process. I attended hearings and meeting on behalf of the Town, attended the Board of Selectman meetings and was interviewed for radio while championing constituent’s concerns to the MBTA. I facilitated discussion between impacted land owners, stakeholders and the MBTA and acted as recording secretary for these meetings.
The now successful and well received Greenbush Line was a controversial issue for many in the Bay State. Many residents had conflicted opinions about the viability of the project. The Greenbush Line is an extension of the public transportation improvement agreement included within the negotiations of the Central Artery Project commonly known as ‘The Big Dig’.