The MBTA question posed to New Bedford voters on Nov. 8 will determine whether commuter rail to Boston begins next year in the city.

Even with decades worth of planning and delays, and Phase 1 construction nearing completion, voters must agree to join the MBTA (at no immediate cost to taxpayers, according to the city) in order for trains to begin rolling in late 2023.

Multimedia reporter Eleonora Bianchi was curious. Do voters understand the issue? Are we afraid a connection to Boston will change things like housing costs or rent? What are the consequences?

“We’re all waiting for this train to come,” said Elizabeth Cordeiro, a retired city resident.

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