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Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative

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 - Winter 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.

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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Certificate Issued on the DSEIR

On March 30, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a Certificate on MassDOT’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR). The Certificate requires a Response to Comments on the DSEIR and proposed Section 61 Findings. These will be reviewed as a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR).

View the Documents page to download the DSEIR, which MassDOT filed on January 31. The public comment period on the DSEIR ended on March 23. Learn more about the DSEIR in the latest Fact Sheet in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

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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.

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