South Shore Chamber of Commerce forms Transportation Advisory Group
The Transportation Advisory Group will review and advise on numerous proposals to improve congestion and infrastructure.
By: South Shore Chamber of Commerce
This Transportation Advisory Group's role is to advise the Chamber's Board of Directors and membership on the many different proposals being discussed statewide, which address Boston congestion and potential new revenue sources for infrastructure. The new board will also help guide the chamber's regional economic efforts related to local congestion and intra-regional transportation.
The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has been part of a broad coalition of chambers and statewide business groups looking at the state's transportation problems. It has been reported that the group supports transportation improvements and recognizes that those solutions will require additional funding.
South Shore Chamber President and CEO Peter Forman said, "Neither the coalition as group nor the South Shore Chamber has taken any specific position yet on how to fund any particular plan. The common theme that has broad support it is that the private sector and business groups must be involved in setting some priorities and supporting solutions to those problems –even if controversial."
He continued, "Transportation is not a single problem with one solution. Different transportation challenges present varied solutions and funding needs."
Forman anticipates that the chamber's transportation group will initially focus on current discussions around Boston' congestion. "Proposals like congestion pricing and trying to change commuting choices will impact tens of thousands of our residents. There will be many voices in this conversation and the South Shore business community needs to be one of those voices."
The Chamber will also evaluate future challenges for the region as part of its ongoing South Shore 2030: Choosing Our Future economic strategy. Forman added that "In the long-term though our most important role will be in addressing local and regional transportation problems. Congestion is not just a Boston problem. As we work to reduce the Boston commute by creating more jobs on the South Shore we need to think about the region's transportation needs. The Chamber hopes to lead some of the thinking about our regional transportation needs to promote housing and economic growth."
For additional information on the Chamber, please visit www.southshorechamber.org or call 781-421-3900.