December 30, 2010

Harry T in Telegram

America played the decisive role in two world wars not by being isolated by the oceans, but by being able to manufacture and distribute goods faster and more efficiently than the rest of the world could. Whereas America’s manufacturing base is off its post World War II peak, the United States is still superior to our competitors when it comes to distribution.

The rest of the world has taken notice; China, currently the number two economy in the world behind the U.S. and also the world’s fastest growing economy,has gone all in on freight and commuter rail as has Warren Buffett, the world’s third richest man and second richest in the U.S.

Worcester — yes, Worcester — has been chosen to have a $125 million project to upgrade the rail yards and to also improve commuter rail service to Boston, the economic engine of New England.

With the possibility of having the most technologically advanced rail yard in North America, if not the world, and with Worcester being the only New England city to have service to both North and South Station in Boston, the future truly looks promising for the region in the new, global economy.

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