As described in the March 2017 Notice of Project Change (NPC), South Coast Rail will be implemented in phases.
For a map of Phase 1 and 2, view the Phased Corridor Map
Phase 1 will provide service from New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton to Boston using the Middleborough Secondary Line and the existing Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail Line.
For Phase 2, MassDOT will continue to advance the Stoughton Electric Alternative Route. This route will will travel from Boston’s South Station to Stoughton using a portion of the Northeast Corridor. The route continues south along a combination of inactive right-of-way and freight railroad before splitting south of Taunton for terminus stations in Fall River and New Bedford.
The Stoughton Electric route was selected by the US Army Corps of Engineers and MassDOT as a result of comprehensive coordination with environmental regulators and a thorough environmental review process.
Commuter Rail Service (for Phase 2)
Anticipated service will include a total of 40 daily trips from Boston, half bound for New Bedford and half bound for Fall River. Current commuter rail service offers 32 daily trips to Stoughton. Operations details will be confirmed as design advances.
Ridership projections show over 4,500 daily riders.
Expected trip times:
- 77 minutes from New Bedford to Boston (South Station)
- 75 minutes from Fall River to Boston (South Station)
Phase 1 (Middleborough Early Service) will provide service to seven existing stations (South Station, Holbrook/Randolph, Montello, Brockton, Campello, Bridgewater, and Middleborough/Lakeville). The project will require six new stations (East Taunton, Freetown, Fall River Depot, Battleship Cove, King’s Highway, Whale';s Tooth, and a potential new Middleborough station).
Phase 2 of South Coast Rail will include a total of ten new stations (North Easton, Easton Village, Raynham Place, Taunton, East Taunton, Freetown, Fall River Depot, Battleship Cove, King’s Highway and Whale’s Tooth) and two reconstructed stations (Canton Center and Stoughton).
The stations will comply with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Standards, including 800-foot high-level platforms for "all doors" boarding. Other amenities will include benches, canopies and parking (in some locations).
Train Layover Facilities
The MBTA will construct two overnight layover facilities, sites for storing the trains at night when they are not in use, near each terminus station. The train sets start and end each service day from these facilities. Layover facilities will be built at Weaver’s Cove East in Fall River and Wamsutta in New Bedford. Each will include six storage tracks, crew quarters, a maintenance shed and parking facilities.
During Phase 1 service, South Coast Rail will use the existing Middleborough Layover facility.