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About the South Coast Rail project

Learn about the South Coast Rail project

The South Coast Rail project will restore commuter rail service between Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford are the only major cities within 50 miles of Boston that do not currently have commuter rail access to Boston. South Coast Rail will reconnect this region to jobs and generate economic development.

What’s New

On June 15, 2018, the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) issued a Certificate stating that MassDOT’s latest environmental document adequately and properly complies with MEPA. The Certificate outlines MassDOT's ongoing permitting and construction oversight responsibilities.

Project Overview

South Coast Rail will be built in phases. Phase 1 service will:

  • provide a one-seat ride from Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford to Boston
  • use the Middleborough Secondary (currently a freight line) to connect South Coast passengers with service on the existing Middleborough/Lakeville commuter rail line
  • operate three morning peak trains and three evening peak trains to both New Bedford and Fall River
  • operate up to six morning and six evening peak trains to Taunton and Middleborough because all of the trains will pass through these communities
  • deliver service to the South Coast late in 2022, years before service is possible under the Full Build Project

At the same time, MassDOT will proceed with designing, permitting and funding the Stoughton Straight Electric Alternative (Full Build Project), which was already reviewed under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). The Full Build Project will travel on the Stoughton Main Line and Northeast Corridor (north of Canton Junction). You can download the Phased Corridor Map for more details.

South Coast Rail will continue to have a robust public outreach program to ensure a transparent process and successful project outcome.

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