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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 - Spring 2017

In March 2017, MassDOT filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office. This document describes the Commonwealth's phased approach for service to the South Coast. Phase 1 will provide earlier, limited service from New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton to Boston using the Middleborough Secondary Line and the existing Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail Line. Meanwhile, the project team will continue to design and permit Phase 2, the Stoughton Electric route. MEPA regulations require the NPC because the project has changed since the environmental review ended in 2013.

On May 26, 2017, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a Certificate on the NPC.

Planning for the Future

South Coast Rail will create essential and transformative connections to southeastern Massachusetts. Some project benefits include:

  • Economic Development: South Coast Rail will contribute to the region's economy and channel new jobs into the region.
  • Environmental Benefits: The project will improve regional air quality. Smart growth strategies will help protect farms, forests, and fields from sprawling development. Learn more about how the project is Going Green.
  • Quality of Life and Social Equity: Transit access will address long-standing transportation inequity.
  • Freight Benefits: Required infrastructure improvements will help improve freight service.

For more detail, read about the anticipated project benefits.

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What's New?

Notice of Project Change (NPC) Filed

On March 15, MassDOT filed a Notice of Project Change for a new phased approach to South Coast Rail service. The public comment period ended on May 19.

On May 26, 2017, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a Certificate on the NPC. The Certificate outlines the information MassDOT must include in a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR).

To learn more about the NPC, please download the April 2017 Fact Sheet and presentations from the April 13 public meeting and the May 11 public meeting

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