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Project Overview

The South Coast Rail project will restore commuter rail service between Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford are the only major cities within 50 miles of Boston that do not currently have commuter rail access to Boston. South Coast Rail will reconnect this region to jobs and generate economic development.

Project Update - Spring 2018

On January 31, 2018, MassDOT filed a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) for South Coast Rail (SCR). The document describes MassDOT’s approach to providing SCR service by extending an existing rail line. MassDOT proposes to advance Phase 1 to deliver service to the South Coast late in 2022, years before revenue service is possible under the Full Build Project. At the same time, MassDOT will proceed with designing, permitting and funding the Stoughton Straight Electric Alternative, which was already reviewed under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).

The Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a Certificate on the Notice of Project Change (NPC) on May 26, 2017, which outlined the scope of work for the DSEIR. The DSEIR analyzes the route alternatives, service options, and station locations that MassDOT is proposing for Phase 1.

MassDOT filed a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) for the South Coast Rail (SCR) Phase 1 Project on April 30, 2018. The FSEIR responds to comments on the DSEIR. In response to the Certificate on the DSEIR issued by the Secretary of the EOEEA on March 23, 2018, the FSEIR includes Responses to Comments and updated Draft Section 61 Findings.

During Phase 1, the MBTA will operate three morning peak trains and three evening peak trains to both New Bedford and Fall River, with Taunton and Middleborough seeing up to six morning and six evening peak trains (because all of the service will pass through these communities). The document outlines the route alternatives, service options, and station locations that MassDOT is proposing for Phase 1, among other topics. The DSEIR filing includes a public comment period, which ends on March 23, and a public meeting. The DSEIR will result in a Certificate issued by the Secretary outlining next steps.

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What's New?

Final Environmental Document Filed

On April 30, 2018, MassDOT filed a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) for SCR. In response to the Certificate on the DSEIR, the FSEIR includes Responses to Comments and updated Draft Section 61 Findings. View the Documents page to download the FSEIR. A copy is also available at the public libraries in most South Coast communities (view a list of libraries).

Upcoming Events

Public Meetings on the DSEIR

MassDOT hosted public meetings on the DSEIR on March 6 and March 19. View the presentations on the Materials page.

Project Resources

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For more information, send us an email at SouthCoastRail@dot.state.ma.us.

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