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Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative

Route and Service

South Coast Rail will be implemented in phases. For details about Phase 1 service, please refer to the 2018 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR). For details about Full Build service, please refer to the 2013 Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (FEIS/R). Both reports can be downloaded from the Environmental Documents page.


For a map of Phase 1 and the Full Build, 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 the Full Build, MassDOT will continue to advance the Stoughton Electric Alternative Route. This route 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

Phase 1 service will include a total of 26 trains (each-way) for weekday service. 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 those communities). During off-peak periods, three trains will operate on a 3-3 ½ hour frequency. To assure seating for current and future passengers, the MBTA will purchase new bi-level coaches and add cars to train sets to increase capacity based on projected ridership. Additionally, the MBTA will provide a shuttle bus between the existing transit-oriented development at the Middleborough/Lakeville Station and the new Pilgrim Junction station.

Anticipated Full Build 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.

Expected trip times for Full Build service:

  • 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 nine existing stations (South Station, JFK/UMass, Quincy Center, Braintree, Holbrook/Randolph, Montello, Brockton, Campello, and Bridgewater). The project will require seven new stations (New Middleborough Station at Pilgrim Junction, East Taunton, Freetown, Fall River Depot, King's Highway, and Whale's Tooth).

Full Build service 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.

Phase 1 includes the construction of two new layover stations in Fall River (Weaver’s Cove) and New Bedford (Wamsutta). For Phase 1 service, South Coast Rail will also use the existing Middleborough Layover facility.

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