Massachusetts Department of Transporatation Massachusetts Bay Transporatation Authority
Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative

Project Benefits

South Coast Rail is a transformative project. It has the potential to reconnect, revitalize and improve the quality of life for South Coast communities and the entire Commonwealth. Commuter rail will offer a time-saving and convenient new travel option for those coming and going to the South Coast area.

Improved regional connectivity will stimulate economic activity, spur real estate development and improve property values, result in household cost-savings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting in better air quality, increase freight railroad efficiency and enhance quality of life, among other benefits.

By encouraging smart growth, South Coast Rail will create social equity by allowing residents access to jobs, health care and other vital resources.

The project will also increase safety and alleviate highway congestion in the region.

It would take roughly 280 cars or 30 buses to accommodate the same number of seats in each commuter rail train!

South Coast Rail also provides an additional evacuation route in the case of a weather event, natural disaster or emergency – improving regional safety and environmental resiliency.

Improved Quality of Life for All

South Coast Rail will address long-standing transportation inequity by extending transit access to the South Coast. The project will provide future travel time savings of 90 minutes every day, the equivalent of 16 extra days per year given back to each commuter!

Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton are the only Gateway Cities within 50 miles of Boston without commuter rail, and they have some of the highest unemployment rates and lowest median incomes in the state. South Coast Rail will connect these communities to thousands of new job opportunities, a cheaper transportation option and affordable housing markets.
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