Friday, March 29, 2013
A proposed income tax hike, if passed, could help fund the South Coast Rail, advocates said.
State transportation advocates told SouthCoastToday.com Wednesday that prospects of a commuter train connecting Boston to the New Bedford-Fall River area could rely heavily on a 1 percent income tax increase proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick. Patrick proposed the increase along with a 2-percent cut in sales tax. The proposed income tax increase comes in conjunction with a proposed $13.7 billion transportation bond bill. One of the key components of Patrick's bond bill is funding for the rail, which would travel directly through Canton. “The (tax) package as a whole is our best shot,” executive director of the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development Council Steve Smith told SouthCoastToday.com “If it is whittled down, we won’t get…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Final Design Process is Scheduled for Spring 2013
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Amy Nachbar
Friday, December 7, 2012
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, …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Canton Board of Selectmen discussed the South Coast train project last night.
The update on the South Coastal Rail project did not provide a lot of new information to Canton. The Board of Selectmen listened to a presentation from Gary McNaughton of McMahon Associates at last night's meeting. The inititative from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to bring public commuter rail transportation to Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford has been in the works for several years, Town Administrator Bill Friel said. The town tapped McNaughton to monitor and watch the process, Friel noted. Due to reports from the Army Corps of Engineers and MassDOT not giving details, the town still does not know how the project will impact Canton, McNaughton said. Additional parking, construction, train whistles and a "host of other…