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.
The MBTA and the Program Management/Construction Management (PM/CM) team received second year funding in September 2015 to continue the development of environmental permitting and preliminary design, with a focus on reducing environmental impacts. 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.
MassDOT and MBTA are designing a new rail connection making use of the existing MBTA Stoughton Commuter Rail Line. Design for this route is currently 15% complete. In addition, MassDOT and MBTA are currently considering an alternative rail route between Boston and the South Coast that could potentially be designed and constructed more quickly than can the Stoughton route.
This autumn, MassDOT will hold a series of meetings to update the public on the status of all elements of the South Coast Rail project, and to discuss the next steps. MassDOT and MBTA invite all members of the public with an interest in this project to join us as we seek public comments and answer your questions. Visit the Community Engagement page to learn more.
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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