Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 107: Commission on Rail Services

Date: 05/03/1974
Issuer: Francis W. Sargent

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WHEREAS, The Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973, P.L. 93-236, provides for formulation of a rail system plan for the reorganization of rail services in the Northeast,

WHEREAS, Said plan will determine which rail lines will be operated by the Consolidated Rail Corporation and by other private railroads, and

WHEREAS, The Commonwealth then must determine which rail lines not included in said plan should be continued in operation in order to maintain transportation services vital to the economy of the Commonwealth,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Francis W. Sargent, Governor of the Commonwealth, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby order as follows:

1. There shall be a Commission on Rail Services, herein- after called the Commission, comprised of the Secretary of Transportation and Construction, who shall be the chairman, the Secretaries of Manpower Affairs, Communities and Development and Environmental Affairs, and additional members appointed by the Governor as representative of consumers of rail services, state and Federal legislators, municipal officials, academic experts in the field of rail transportation, the Massachusetts Port Authority, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The Commission shall meet at the call of the chairman.

2. The Commission shall:

(a) formulate economic feasibility criteria for rail lines be included in the Consolidated Rail Corporation, and

(b) formulate economic impact criteria for rail lines to be included in the Consolidated Rail Corporation, and

(c) develop preliminary and final recommendations for inclusion in the final Consolidated Rail Corporation system and the supplemental Massachusetts system, and

(d) formulate ownership patterns for a Massachusetts rail system, and

(e) estimate funds needed by the Commonwealth for subsidy of a Massachusetts rail system, and

(f) otherwise participate in planning affecting rail services within the Commonwealth.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this third day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and seventy-four and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and ninety-eighth.

Francis W. Sargent


Commonwealth of Massachusetts

John F. X. Davoren

Secretary of the Commonwealth

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