TO PROMOTE taxpayer funding of a quarter-billion dollar commuter rail project, supporters last week touted a single poll question, without context, that appeared to show strong public support for commuter rail. It’s a tactic rail enthusiasts have repeated for years. Journalists, lawmakers and the public should be skeptical . This brief run-through of the complex commuter rail issue shows how misleading such PR boosterism can be.


Andrew Cline is president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.

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