During the 2014 legislative session, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed the Transportation Bond Bill, authorizing $12.7 billion to finance improvements for the Commonwealth’s transportation system. Bill H.4046 specifically designates $2.3 billion to fund South Coast Rail. Although additional funding sources are still being secured, this is a major commitment from the legislative delegation to restore long awaited commuter rail service to the South Coast.
In June 2014, the MassDOT Board of Directors approved a $210 million Program Management/Construction Management (PM/CM) contract. The Joint Venture of VHB/HNTB began program management, early design and preliminary environmental planning in the first year. The PM/CM team has received another $12 million in funding for the second year of preliminary design and environmental permitting.
More funding is needed to advance the project and the Commonwealth is committed to investigating all possible sources. Please stay tuned for funding updates.