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The Phoenix MUP extension into Mattapoisett, Ma. is expected to begin very shortly. All the NMBY's have been coddled, the money has been procured and the contract awarded. Phase 1 extends from the Fairhaven town line to the YMCA's Camp Massasoit in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. It's not far from Ansinpi Rd. that is part of the Antasawamock neighborhood. Many of the names of rivers, towns and areas were named by, for, or about the local Native American culture, that originally settled the area.
The former New Bedford to Onset RR was a thriving tourist venture carrying thousands of passengers weekly. The right of way has never been developed and has been used by local kids as shorcuts between towns and neighborhoods.
A relatively wide area that buffers the homes from the right of way, was not enough for a couple of "not in my back yard" folks. There is always a small, very vocal group in opposition to any changes that occur near them, and this small town is not without it's MUP opponents. They have been appeased however, and the construction is moving forward.
After a couple of miles, the extension break out of the canopy of trees into the wide open harbor of Mattapoisett, Ma. The YMCA's Camp Massasoit, is the end boundary of the phase 1. Beautiful vistas, quiet secluded sections of the bay, teeming with water fowl greet anyone who travels this section of the MUP.
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