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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


New Bedford’s Parks and Rec director comes to Chat

Mary Rapoza, director of the Parks, Recreation and Beaches department since 2013, sits down with Jack Spillane this Thursday at 2 p.m. to talk about a division of city government that is perhaps more visible to the public than any other.

Watch The Chat with new Sheriff Paul Heroux

In the wake of the first big challenge of his tenure as Bristol County sheriff, Paul Heroux will be the special guest of The Chat on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. As always, The Chat is free to attend, simply register below.

Video: Voc-Tech education justice group joins The Chat

Members of the Vocational Education Justice Coalition talk about their concerns that school admissions policies still prevent access to vocational education for many students in New Bedford.