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January 11, 2013

Atkinson, Plaistow debate MBTA proposal

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State transportation officials have approved spending $659,000 for a feasibility study.

If the two sides don’t come to an agreement, Barbera said he would put the issue out to Atkinson voters.

“That would provide the state clear indication where Atkinson stands on this,” he said.

That won’t happen in Plaistow.

Barbera said selectmen decided not to ask voters to weigh in.

But they did last year.

A citizens’ petition at Town Meeting in March asked residents whether they supported a layover station in town.

They didn’t, rejecting it 619-308. But the vote was non-binding.

In Concord Monday, Barbera shared Atkinson’s concerns, including decreases in property values, diesel emissions, proximity to a wetland and noise pollution.

Executive Councilor Christopher Sununu, whose district includes Plaistow and Atkinson, said there was no feasible way for the station to be built on the site.

“It’s just not a practical path to success,” Sununu said. “We left the meeting on Monday asking Plaistow to take it out of any potential study.”

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