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Design

What will South Coast Rail stations look like and how will the service operate? As the design advances, MassDOT will continue working with communities, stakeholders, agencies and the public to review the design elements.

The project is currently at the "preliminary" design phase, but it will advance steadily over the coming years. At several key points, the MBTA will hold public meetings and offer opportunities for comment and input. The MBTA will also work with each individual station community on an ongoing basis.

Here are some of the design basics:

Phase 1: Early Service

SCR Phase 1 would provide service from New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton to Boston using the Middleborough Secondary line and the existing Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail line.

Phase 2: Stoughton Electric (Preferred Alternative)

For Phase 2, MassDOT will continue to advance the full Stoughton Electric (preferred alternative) design, which consists of new track and stations between Canton Center and Cotley Junction. The preferred alternative is the "Stoughton Electric" option. This means the train will be powered using an electrified system with catenary structures. It will travel on the Stoughton Main Line and Northeast Corridor (north of Canton Junction). The corridor map shows the route trains will travel from South Station to terminus stations in Fall River and New Bedford.

Stations

South Coast Rail will add ten new stations and reconstruct two existing stations. Learn more about the stations.

Layover Facility

A layover facility – a location where trains can be stored during off-peak hours – will be included at each terminus location of the project. Learn more about layover facilities.

Track Design

The preferred route requires a combination of rebuilt and new tracks.  The MBTA will reconstruct existing active freight tracks to accommodate passenger rail and construct new tracks to replace out-of-service tracks or in new rights-of-way. The geometry of the design will allow the commuter rail to reach increased speeds. The track alignments have been carefully considered, and are designed to minimize environmental resource and private property impacts.

Grade Crossings

South Coast Rail will require 45 grade crossing upgrades. As always, safety is the MBTA’s number one priority. Each crossing will be equipped with state-of-the-art safety warning devices. Trains travelling through the crossing will be required to sound their horns.

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