Coakley: Baker can’t be trusted on rail project

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley says Republican Charlie Baker can’t be trusted to build a commuter rail along the state’s south coast.

Coakley is vowing to complete the long-awaited project that she says will jumpstart business growth along the corridor from Boston through Fall River and New Bedford.

A Baker spokesman said the Republican candidate is also committed to making the project happen. Coakley criticized Baker for supporting a ballot question that she says would make it harder to fund the project.

That question would repeal a new law automatically linking future increases in the state gas tax to the rate of inflation. Gov. Deval Patrick has pushed forward on the project, which is expected to cost as much as $2.3 billion. Supporters of the project say it will create thousands of jobs.

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