Forum explores ways to foster, manage Worcester’s growth

Full and original article posted on

WORCESTER – Imagine 20,000 more people living and around 7,000 more people working within a half-mile of Union Station. Imagine trains that run reliably and with the frequency of subways dropping off crowds to walk to a Worcester Red Sox game and a bite to eat in the Canal District. And imagine not having to commute to Boston on the Pike.

A group of transportation, municipal, and development leaders Thursday said it’s all possible – if the state and city emphasize transit-oriented development, or development generally within a half-mile of transportation hubs.

“We’re trying to reconnect with transportation as opposed to starting a connection,” said Timothy J. McGourthy, executive director of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau.

Click here to read full article.