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south-station-expansionMassDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) invite the public to comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Section 4(f) Determination for the South Station Expansion (SSX) project. FRA and MassDOT released the draft document for public review on April 26, 2017. A copy of this document is available for public review on the project website.

The purpose of the SSX project is to expand South Station terminal capacity to meet current and anticipated future commuter rail and intercity rail service needs. The project would also promote city-building in a key area of Boston, and allow Dorchester Avenue to be reopened for public use and enjoyment for the first time in decades.  The expansion of South Station would enable growth in passenger rail transportation within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and along the Northeast Corridor (NEC). Expanding the terminal would improve the passenger experience of using South Station and updating the infrastructure (track and signals) and related layover capacity would improve service reliability.

As part of the federal grant supporting the effort, the SSX project is undergoing the federal environmental review process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Draft EA and Section 4(f) Determination summarize the project’s environmental benefits and impacts, and include information similar to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which was filed in October 2014, and the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), in June 2016. (The DEIR, FEIR and Certificate of the Secretary of Environmental Affairs are posted on the project website.).  Upon completion of the public review period, FRA will issue a Final Section 4(f) Determination, Final EA, and, if appropriate, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

In addition to the project website, copies of the Draft EA and Section 4(f) Determination are available at the following locations:

  • The State House Library
  • Boston Public Library Central Library
  • Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library
  • Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library
  • South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library

To request a copy of the Draft EA and Section 4(f) Determination document, please contact Steve Woelfel, Deputy Director, MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning, at steve.woelfel@state.ma.us, or at 857-368-8889.

 Comments may be submitted to MassDOT at the address below until May 27, 2017.

Mr. Stephen Woelfel, South Station Expansion Project Manager, Deputy Director, MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4150, Boston, MA 02116

(857) 368-8889, Email: steve.woelfel@state.ma.us  Fax: (857) 368-0639

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