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Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative

Community Engagement

Submit Your Comments on the DSEIR by March 23, 2018

MassDOT filed a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) on January 31, 2018. The document describes MassDOT’s approach to beginning commuter rail service late in 2022. View the Documents page to download the DSEIR. A copy is also available at the public libraries in most South Coast communities (view a list of libraries). Comments are due to the MEPA Office by Friday, March 23, 2018. Find out more about how to comment.

DSEIR Public Meeting

MassDOT and the MBTA will be hosting a Public Meeting during the DSEIR comment period. You can learn about Phase 1, ask questions, and submit a comment in writing at the meeting. While MassDOT will submit the meeting summary to MEPA, regulations require an individual or group to submit a written comment to be part of the official record. For more information, see the meeting flyer in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

SCR's Public Outreach Program

South Coast Rail will continue to have a robust public outreach program to ensure a transparent process and successful project outcome.

The project team will:

  • Work with the Southeastern Massachusetts Commuter Rail Task Force. The Task Force was formed in 2004 to help the region prepare for the impacts of the re-introduction of passenger rail to the South Coast. It includes representatives from cities and towns and non-governmental organizations, such as business associations and environmental groups.
  • Regularly provide information to the media and promptly respond to public inquiries.
  • Convene civic engagement meetings to hear directly from residents throughout the corridor.
  • Meet with cities and towns to discuss planning for stations, priority places for encouraging development and preserving natural resources, and addressing traffic, grade crossings, noise, visual impacts and other concerns.
  • Provide periodic briefings for Legislators and elected officials in the region.
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