The South Coast Rail Task Force depends on citizens to assist the Commonwealth in planning for smart growth and effective land use as part of the South Coast Rail project. Jim Oliver of Foxborough, an active member since 2008, is being honored for his service as he leaves the Task Force. Jim received a citation from Governor Patrick thanking him for his contributions.
Foxborough town officials appointed Oliver to the Task Force, and he served faithfully attending quarterly meetings across the region. The South Coast Rail Task Force thanks Jim for his service and the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority and subsidiary Harrison Global for providing paratransit service to allow Jim to attend meetings and help advance transportation issues on behalf of his hometown.
The Task Force has been in place for a decade, established to explore smart growth and land use throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. It includes an appointed member from each community as well as organizational members such as Audubon, PEER, local economic development, the South Coast Development Partnership of UMass Dartmouth, Taunton River Watershed Alliance, Regional Transit Authorities, Coalition for Buzzards Bay, regional planning agencies SRPEDD, MAPC, and OCPC, the Small Business Development Center, and local Chambers of Commerce.
The Task Force provides technical assistance to cities and towns and oversees the process for designating priority development and priority protection areas in support of the project to restore commuter rail service to Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford.
The South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan promotes smart growth at the community, regional, and state level. Please view the latest South Coast Rail Fact Sheet on Bridge Replacement and the 2014 South Coast Rail Project Update.
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