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State grants will help towns prepare for expanded rail service

State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey has announced $235,000 in grants aimed at helping Southeastern Massachusetts communities prepare for a proposed rail expansion from Boston to Fall River and New Bedford.  

Nine area towns were among those receiving small grants to work with regional planning specialists over the next several months to tweak local zoning regulations and analyze issues ranging from housing and business development to traffic congestion and open space protection.

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