The South Coast Rail project will restore 52 miles of 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.
In June 2014, the project reached a major milestone. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors approved a Program Management/Construction Management (PM/CM) contract to advance the environmental permitting and final design of the rail. A number of early action projects are underway to upgrade current freight service and prepare for commuter rail. For more information, review the latest project fact sheet
and 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
- 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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