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Project Overview

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.

The MBTA and the Program Management/Construction Management (PM/CM) team received second year funding to continue the development of environmental permitting and preliminary design, with a focus on reducing environmental impacts. Early action projects are also under construction, including grade crossing upgrades and bridge replacements to support current freight operations and prepare for future commuter rail service.

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.

Learn More

This website offers extensive project information:

What's New?

Activity Update:

The PM/CM team is collecting soil samples near the future Freetown station and in the railroad right-of-way near the proposed King's Highway station in New Bedford. This work should wrap up by mid-June. In addition, ground survey efforts are continuing along segments of the project corridor through the spring and over the summer. This work provides important information that is necessary to the design process.

Check out recent progress photos.

Project Resources

Contact Us

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

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