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Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative

Programs

The South Coast Rail project includes several programs:

  • Smart Growth combines transportation, economic development, and environmental goals with frugality and common sense.
  • Technical Assistance grants provide communities in the South Coast with the proper aid to implement the South Coast Rail Corridor Plan.
  • Going Green is a commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, use green energy technologies and require environmentally-friendly station construction.
  • Funding for the completion of the design and permitting stage, and the subsequent construction stage.

Executive Order 525 

Executive Order 525 was signed by Governor Deval Patrick on September 30, 2010. The order calls for "Providing for the Implementation of the South Coast Rail Corridor Plan" and requires that state agencies review, act and invest in the region by implementing the Corridor Plan’s recommendations. This is important to South Coast Rail – the second item mentioned in the Executive Order - because these recommendations are in place to enhance the economy by providing public transit and intermodal connections while preserving the quality of life on the South Coast. Programs backed by Executive Order 525 include smart growth, technical assistance and Priority Protection and Priority Development Area designations.

Related Projects

Massachusetts is booming with revitalization and improvement projects. Several of these projects will complement South Coast Rail.
  • South Coast Rail Early Action: Four Bridge Replacements

    MassDOT is preparing the corridor for South Coast Rail. Four bridges along the future route will be completely rebuilt - three in Fall River and one in New Bedford. Find out more about the four bridge replacements.
  • South Coast Rail Early Action: Grade Crossing Upgrades

    This effort will reconstruct five grade crossings (and nearby track) along the future South Coast route, providing immediate benefits to freight service and preparing for commuter trains. Find out more about the five grade crossing upgrades.
  • South Station Expansion

    South Coast Rail will add more trains on the tracks, and that means more trains coming into South Station every day. This expansion of an already congested South Station is critical to commuter rail service to the South Coast.
  • Freight Improvement Program

    The Southern Triangle – where the route splits for terminus stations in New Bedford and Fall River – is getting some major upgrades. Tie, ballast and track work will ready the rail bed for more involved South Coast Rail construction while immediately improving freight operations. Learn more about the freight improvement program.
  • Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvement Project

    Part of the Accelerated Bridge Program, the Route 79/Braga Bridge mega project will greatly improve safety, access and aesthetics in the City Pier area of Fall River. It will reconnect the downtown to the pier by removing the eight “spaghetti ramps” and building two new connector streets.
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