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Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative

Route and Service

Route

South Coast Rail will travel from Boston 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 MBTA will reconstruct the Canton Center and Stoughton Stations and add ten new commuter rail stations.

This 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

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)

Stations

South Coast Rail will add ten new stations (North Easton, Easton Village, Raynham Place, Taunton, Taunton Depot, Freetown, Fall River Depot, Battleship Cove, King’s Highway and Whale’s Tooth) and reconstruct two existing 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.

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