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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 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).

MassDOT filed a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR) for the South Coast Rail (SCR) Phase 1 Project on April 30, 2018. The FSEIR includes Responses to Comments on the DSEIR and updated Draft Section 61 Findings. The Secretary of the EOEEA’s Certificate on the FSEIR, issued on June 15, 2018, states that the FSEIR adequately and properly complies with MEPA and its implementing regulations.

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 DSEIR outlines the route alternatives, service options, and station locations that MassDOT is proposing for Phase 1, among other topics.

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Certificate Issued on the Final Environmental Document

On June 15, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) issued a Certificate on MassDOT’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (FSEIR). The Certificate states that the FSEIR adequately and properly complies with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) and its implementing regulations.

Visit the Documents page to download the Certificate and FSEIR, which MassDOT filed on April 30.

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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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