The Patrick-Murray Administration's South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan has won the first-ever 2011 Charter Award Grand Prize from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). The Corridor Plan estimates the South Coast Rail project will stimulate nearly $500 million in new economic activity each year, while creating at least 3,500 net long-term jobs by 2030, with two-thirds of those jobs in the region. Construction of the rail project will generate an additional 7,000 to 8,000 jobs. In addition to creating jobs and stimulating neighborhood revitalization, the Plan identifies over 70 sites that are important to preserve due to the presence of high quality natural resources.
CNU is a leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities, and healthier living conditions. The jury awarded the grand prize for professional projects to the South Coast Rail Corridor Plan, developed by MassDOT and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The Charter Awards are one of the most respected urban design and development awards programs internationally.
Goody Clancy, the lead consultant that produced the Plan, is a Boston-based 100-person firm with a national practice in architecture, planning, and preservation.
The South Coast Rail Corridor Plan released by Governor Patrick in 2009 was the result of collaboration between the Commonwealth, 31 corridor communities, and three regional planning agencies, including more than 100 public meetings and events tapping the knowledge of regional residents, businesses, planners and other organizations.
Over the past two years, $300,000 in annual technical assistance grants have helped communities plan for development around stations, create housing plans and draft zoning changes to maximize the smart growth potential of passenger rail service. The Plan identifies 33 places that are priorities for new job and housing growth and 72 places that are priorities for the protection of natural lands.
Visit South Coast Rail on the web to view the Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan and project background information.
Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update posted on Aug 21
MassDOT next week will begin preparations to replace the Route 2 Bridges over I-95 in Lexington by implementing a traffic shift on Route 2 east and westbound. The work to prepare for the shift requires lane closures from 8:00 PM each night to 5:00 AM …Continue Reading Lexington: Route 2 Bridges Project Update
Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase posted on Aug 20
Governor Deval Patrick today announced an agreement in principle allowing the Commonwealth to purchase the Knowledge Corridor rail line between East Northfield and Springfield from Pan Am Southern, a joint venture of Pan Am and Norfolk Southern. The 49-mile segment of rail is currently undergoing …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase
Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Aug 19
MassDOT announced the successful opening of the new Morton Street Bridge in Mattapan more than a full day ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The original structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the MBTA commuter rail tracks closed on Friday, August 8 for final …Continue Reading Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule