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Mass. unveils South Coast Rail plan, expects new jobs

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NEW BEFORD – Gov. Deval L. Patrick last week unveiled the South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan, a document aimed at guiding transportation and development plans for Bristol County.

The plan, which calls for 11 rail stations, estimates that the project will create thousands of new jobs, generating roughly $500 million in new economic activity and household income by more than $150 million.

Commuter rail service to the South Coast would create between 3,500 and 3,800 net new jobs by 2030, with two-thirds of those jobs located in Bristol County. Construction would generate between 7,000 and 8,000 new jobs and more than $1 billion in spending.

The release of the plan comes as Patrick and the other New England governors recently released a vision for high-speed rail in the region, including the South Coast Rail project. The Mass. Executive Office of Transportation also recently submitted a pre-application for high-speed rail stimulus grants to support the South Coast Rail Project. •

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richard@langseth.com

How come the Providence Business News never asks how this development would impact commuter trains servicing Providence, Warwick, and Wickford? The truth is that both can not coexist as full service facilities given the current infrastructure. So this is how they propose to do it: push more people into the existing trains. That would work if the MBTA extends its Stoughton service through the Hockomock Swamp, the land of Wampanoag spirits, the blue spotted salamander, and, as legend has it, Big Foot. But if the environmentalists have their way, new trains running through Attleboro will be required. If that happens, good bye to any expansion toward Rhode Island. Anybody want to take bets on the $267 million train station being built at the airport? Because, that is what Rhode Island did: the governor bet that New Bedford/Fall River service would go through the swamp.

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