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Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates South Coast Rail Groundbreaking Posted on Jul 2

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates South Coast Rail Groundbreaking

Today Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack and MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak joined municipal leaders, elected officials and local stakeholder groups to celebrate the beginning of Phase 1 South Coast Rail work and tour action taking place   …Continue Reading Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates South Coast Rail Groundbreaking

MassDOT, MBTA Five-Year $18.3 Billion Capital Investment Plan Approved Posted on Jun 17

MassDOT, MBTA Five-Year $18.3 Billion Capital Investment Plan Approved

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors and MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board today voted to approve the five-year $18.3 billion MassDOT and MBTA Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for Fiscal Years 2020-2024, an increase of approximately $1 billion over the last five-year CIP.   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MBTA Five-Year $18.3 Billion Capital Investment Plan Approved

South Coast Rail Early Action Construction Update Posted on May 29

South Coast Rail Early Action Construction Update

South Coast Rail Early Action construction projects are underway to prepare for Phase 1 main line rail construction.  The first visible active construction project is drainage culvert replacement along the right-of-way.    The work includes drainage culvert repair and replacement, a railroad grade crossing upgrade   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail Early Action Construction Update

South Coast Rail Program Reaches Phase 1 Major Milestones Posted on Apr 22

South Coast Rail Program Reaches Phase 1 Major Milestones

MassDOT and the MBTA are announcing that the South Coast Rail Program has reached two critical Phase 1 milestones:  a finance plan is complete and will be fully funded in the Commonwealth’s Capital Investment Plan and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has approved   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail Program Reaches Phase 1 Major Milestones

MassDOT: South Coast Rail Project Proceeding Posted on Feb 6

MassDOT: South Coast Rail Project Proceeding

MassDOT has announced that the South Coast Rail project is proceeding with the filing of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office. The DSEIR document analyzes only the new elements proposed as part of Phase I that   …Continue Reading MassDOT: South Coast Rail Project Proceeding

South Coast Rail: Vision around Train Stations Posted on Jun 20

South Coast Rail: Vision around Train Stations

Wide, smooth sidewalks with lush planting strips separating walking and driving areas. Inviting lamp posts and benches. Buzzing shops, restaurants and mixed-use developments. These are characteristics of walkable, smart growth neighborhoods. They are becoming more common throughout southeastern Massachusetts as municipalities implement seven years of   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Vision around Train Stations

South Coast Rail Partnership Celebrated Posted on May 4

South Coast Rail Partnership Celebrated

The South Coast Rail project is well into its first year of permitting and design. Surveyors are measuring the rights-of-way, geotechnical field work is underway, and designers are considering bridges, crossings and signals. Reestablishing transit connections between the South Coast and Boston is more than   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail Partnership Celebrated

Demise of an American Railroad Empire Posted on Mar 21

Demise of an American Railroad Empire

South Coast Rail plans to restore commuter rail service between Boston and the cities and towns of southeastern Massachusetts. The rail line that once ran between Boston and Taunton, Fall River, and New Bedford operated for nearly a half century under the Old Colony Railroad.   …Continue Reading Demise of an American Railroad Empire

Remembering the Fall River Line Posted on Feb 28

Remembering the Fall River Line

South Coast Rail will transport passengers to Boston from Fall River and New Bedford. Both South Coast cities have rich histories, including Fall River’s stint as a gateway to the mid-Atlantic. Until about 80 years ago, the most direct route to New York City from   …Continue Reading Remembering the Fall River Line

South Coast Rail: Coming Full Circle Posted on Feb 7

South Coast Rail: Coming Full Circle

A great deal of work is taking place over the course of this winter to advance the South Coast Rail project. Members of the team are hard at work developing designs for the ten new proposed stations, looking at overall project design, and meeting with   …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Coming Full Circle