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.
Whittier Bridge/I-95 Project Traffic Update posted on Sep 19
Work on the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Project in Newburyport and Amesbury will require extended lane closure hours beginning next week. Beginning on Monday, September 22, the hours of daytime construction will extend the I-95 Northbound right lane closure the associated right lane closure on I-95 Northbound …Continue Reading Whittier Bridge/I-95 Project Traffic Update
Take the Clean Air Challenge! Join Us September 22-26 posted on Sep 18
Massachusetts travelers will improve air-quality by choosing more sustainable transportation options during the Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge (formerly Car-Free Week). This year, Massachusetts challenges you to explore your commuting options and Shift Your Mode from September 22nd-26th. By trying greener modes including carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, …Continue Reading Take the Clean Air Challenge! Join Us September 22-26
MBTA Silver Line to Chelsea Approved posted on Sep 17
The MassDOT Board of Directors today approved a construction contract to extend the MBTA’s increasingly popular Silver Line from East Boston to Chelsea. A project funded entirely by Governor Deval Patrick’s 2013 Transportation Finance Plan, the Silver Line will be extended past the Seaport to …Continue Reading MBTA Silver Line to Chelsea Approved