The Chat: Breaking down November’s ballot question — should New Bedford join the MBTA?

What if the state spent tens of millions building passenger rail from New Bedford to Boston, and city residents said we don’t want it?

That’s what will be decided by way of a referendum question on the city’s November ballot. In order for the rail service to start next year, the state requires that New Bedford voters must agree to join the MBTA in the prior year. It’s the same deal in nearby Fall River.

For his latest episode of The Chat, Jack Spillane discussed the referendum’s pros and cons with two guests: Paul Chasse, the chairman of the Rail to Boston Coalition, and Councilor-at-large Shane Burgo, one of the city’s pre-eminent advocates for increased affordable housing