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South Shore Chamber of Commerce Announces New Infrastructure Report
The report identifies current and future regional infrastructure priorities.
By: PR First
The infrastructure report lays out the next steps for the South Shore Chamber to focus on for its South Shore 2030 regional economic development project. The report identifies water resources and wastewater capacity as the most pressing concern – both for sustainable economic growth and to protect our natural resources.
The Chamber has long advocated for improving commuting in and out of Boston and the report also prioritizes intra-regional transportation to the agenda. This includes reverse commuting of workers to jobs on the South Shore as important to future job creation and business expansion on the South Shore.
To drive some infrastructure efficiencies and cost controls the report recommends focusing efforts on new infrastructure around targeted development areas on the South Shore. Examples include the Kingston/North Plymouth; the Route 3A corridor from Quincy to Hingham; the corridors of Route 3 between Hanover and Weymouth (including the Rte. 53 & Rte.18 arteries) and potential development from the new MBTA Communities Housing law, which is requiring communities to think about development in a more targeted, concentrated way.
The Chamber's report was influenced by its work over the past four years promoting housing and some projections and assumptions about how the pandemic might shape future growth. Chamber President & CEO Peter Forman said the group's goal is to "identify transportation priorities that are most closely tied to the region's economic future. Their recommendations will become a blueprint for the Chamber's Transportation work and political advocacy for the next few years."
The report also warned about future pressure on the MBTA and threat of service changes, most of that coming out of the pandemic and reduced numbers of workers commuting to Boston offices. Former Braintree Mayor and Board Member of the Mass. Department of Transportation Joseph Sullivan and Janice Bergeron, a transportation consultant who lives on the South Shore, co-chaired the Chamber's Transportation Advisory group, a contributing group of experts for the report. The Advisory Group is part of South Shore 2030, a comprehensive economic and community development plan. Visit the website at (www.SouthShore2030.com) to learn more.