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The South Coast Rail project will restore passenger rail transportation from South Station in Boston to the South Coast of Massachusetts, catalyzing nearly half a billion dollars in economic development every year.  The cities of Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford are the only cities within 50 miles of Boston that are not served by commuter rail.  South Coast Rail will provide a new, convenient travel option that will be cheaper than driving. We expect the project will also bring other benefits, too:

  • Improve the economy in Southeastern Massachusetts, channeling new jobs to places that make sense.

  • Stimulate immediate employment opportunities during construction of the project.

  • Infuse new life into our older industrial cities that are grappling with high
    unemployment rates and disinvestment.

  • Advance climate solutions by removing cars from the road, and incorporating energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies into the project design.

  • Preserve our natural resources by protecting farms, forests, and fields from sprawl development.

  • Enable residents of the South Coast to access jobs and services in the Boston area.

  • Allow Boston-area workers to more easily take advantage of affordable housing in the South Coast.

  • Address long-standing transportation inequity by extending MBTA service to a region of the Commonwealth – and particularly to two urban areas with large immigrant and low-income populations – currently under-served by the existing transportation network.

To get the project built, the Commonwealth is focusing on:
  • Shepherding the project through the environmental review and permitting process

  • Catalyzing economic development and environmental preservation in the corridor

  • Greening all aspects of the project

  • Lining up funding for construction and operation of the rail lines

  • Gathering ideas from the public on how to design the best project possible

Activity Update:
The project team will be collecting ground survey data along the entire project corridor through Spring 2015 to advance project design. Soil boring teams will also be taking samples of the soil conditions and may be seen at the following locations:

  • Main Street in Easton
  • Hockomock Swamp in Easton and Raynham
  • Route 138 and Pine Swamp in Raynham
  • Taunton River bridges, Mill River and Route 24 in Taunton
  • Cedar Swamp River/Assonet River bridges in Lakeville


There are currently no Events Scheduled.


All of the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report files are available in the Environmental Review Documents section.


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