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5/21/2007



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Massachusetts advances South Coast Rail project



The state of Massachusetts is moving forward with plans to provide commuter-rail service between Boston and the state’s south coast by 2016. Last week, Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration launched a $2 million economic development and land use study of the corridor, and named Kristina Egan of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance the South Coast Rail project manager.

The 18-month study, which will analyze employment opportunities and new housing potential along the line, will be conducted by a working group comprising representatives from the governor’s administration, regional planning agencies and community groups. The study team will be co-chaired by Egan and Bob Mitchell, special assistant for planning initiatives for the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office.


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