NEXT New England
About This Show
NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast about New England, one of America’s oldest places, at a time of change. It’s hosted by John Dankosky at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut. Through original reporting and interviews, we ask important questions about the issues we explore: where are we now? How did we get here? And what's next?
Most Recent Episode
Episode 51: Not in My Backyard
6 days ago
New England has been waiting for years for real, high speed rail to get travelers more quickly from New York to Boston, but the path of that new line caused big headaches in some small towns. Now, federal railroad officials have backed off part of a new high speed rail plan. We’ll get an update. And it may be easier to keep a railroad from intruding on your property than a more dogged adversary- beavers. Plus, we visit an ultra low energy use apartment building that’s so well insulated that you can turn off your heat in February, in Maine.
A beaver lodge on a pond in a housing development in New Hampshire. Photo by Logan Shannon for NHPR
The John Sill House in Old Lyme was built in the early 1800s. Advocates rallied against plans for a rail bypass that would go through the historic section of the town. One of the early plans included a bridge that would fly over the house. Photo by Ryan Caron King for NENC
The Federal Railroad Administration says it’s moving forward with a plan to bring high speed rail to the Northeast. That would shorten travel from Boston to New York City by 45 minutes. But to reach those time savings, the FRA proposed building a controversial new track that would have cut across historic landmarks and protected lands between New Haven and Providence, Rhode Island.
Last week, the FRA released a decision that removed that stretch from the plans. WSHU’s Cassandra Basler joins us to talk about the decision, and what it means for the future of high speed rail in New England.
To learn more about the public push-back against the FRA plan in Connecticut and Rhode Island, check out Episode 41.