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Project Overview

The South Coast Rail project will restore commuter rail service between Boston and the Massachusetts South Coast. Since service to this region ended in 1959, Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford are the only major cities within 50 miles of Boston lacking transit access to the City and other communities. South Coast Rail will reconnect this long-underserved region to jobs while spurring economic vitality and attracting new business and investments.

MassDOT, the MBTA and the Program Management/Construction Management (PM/CM) team are continuing the development of environmental permitting and design for South Coast Rail. In September 2016, the team hosted six public meetings on the current design status of the Stoughton Electric route and presented a possible new Middleborough Option. Now the PM/CM team is developing information to evaluate the potential to offer earlier service. This could be accomplished by building the Southern Triangle and connecting Fall River, Taunton and New Bedford to an upgraded Middleborough Secondary Line, which could then connect to the existing Middleborough/Lakeville line. The team will report back to MassDOT and MBTA leadership as information becomes available.

Early action projects are also nearing completion, including grade crossing upgrades and bridge replacements to support current freight operations and prepare for future commuter rail service.

For more information, check out answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the project.

Planning for the Future

The South Coast Rail project will create essential connections to Metropolitan Boston and within the region, transforming the South Coast. Some project benefits include:

  • Economic Development: South Coast Rail will contribute to the economy in Southeastern Massachusetts, channeling new jobs into the region. 
  • Environmental Benefits, including reduced emissions and preservation: The project will improve regional air quality. Smart growth strategies will help preserve the region’s natural resources by protecting farms, forests, and fields from sprawling development. Learn more about how the project is Going Green.
  • Quality of Life and Social Equity: South Coast Rail will address long-standing transportation inequity by extending transit access to the South Coast.
  • Freight Benefits: South Coast Rail requires infrastructure improvements, which will help improve freight service.

For more detail, read about the anticipated project benefits.

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What's New?

MassDOT and the MBTA hosted six public meetings on the status of the Stoughton Electric route and a new Middleborough option in September 2016. View the September 2016 public meeting presentations, a public meeting summary, and answers to frequently asked questions on the Materials page.

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