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No Answers for Canton Selectmen on the South Coast Railway Project

Final Design Process is Scheduled for Spring 2013

At the Canton Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, the board met with representatives from the South Coast Railway Project and the MBTA for an update on how the project might affect Canton.

The South Coast project has been ongoing. Gov. Deval Patrick recently went down to Washington, D.C. in hopes of hurrying the process and is very much in favor of having rail service which will start in South Station and run through Canton and Stoughton and bring service to Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton.

The Canton Selectmen had asked the representatives prior to the Nov. 27 meeting via written letters and phone conversations to answer questions regarding the impact it would have on traffic and intersections in Canton.

Unfortunately, none of those questions were answered at that meeting, nor have been to date.

There is, however, another meeting in the spring of 2013, during which officials plan to discuss the final design process. At that time, the MBTA will be taking over the project, Canton officials told Patch this week.

Although there are not enough funds to run trains underground, officials have addressed the wetland areas and have elevated the tracks so as not to disturb the wildlife.

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