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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 of Boston and other communities. South Coast Rail will reconnect this region to jobs while spurring economic vitality and attracting new business and investments.

Project Update - March 2017

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is committed to moving forward with the SCR project and to doing so in a manner that provides long-awaited commuter rail service for the South Coast region as soon as possible. For this reason, MassDOT is proceeding with permitting and early actions on the Stoughton Electric project already reviewed by the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office (MEPA) while also proposing to adopt a phased approach that could provide early service years before revenue service is possible on the final phase project.

MassDOT filed a Notice of Project Change (NPC) on March 15, 2017 in order to advance the option of early service serving both New Bedford and Fall River using the existing Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail Line while at the same time work proceeds to design, permit and fund the Stoughton Electric final phase project (including, particularly, the so-called Southern Triangle).

MassDOT will continue to work with the agencies and the public to design and build the full service. This effort will restore service last provided to the South Coast in 1959.

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.

Learn More

This website offers extensive project information:

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.

How to Review and Comment on the NPC

View the Environmental Documents page to download the NPC. A copy is also available at the public libraries in most South Coast communities (view a list of libraries). Comments are now due to the MEPA Office by May 19. View more on how to comment.

To learn more about the NPC, please download the April 2017 Fact Sheet

Upcoming Events

Join Us at the Second NPC Public Meeting

May 11, 2017 at 6:30 PM
Taunton High School Auditorium

50 Williams Street, Taunton, MA

Download the flyer for more information:

View the Notice of Project Change public meeting presentation from April 13, 2017. The same presentation will be delivered at the May 11, 2017 meeting.

Project Resources

Contact Us

For more information, send us an email at SouthCoastRail@dot.state.ma.us.

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