Post Content

MassDOT and the MBTA need to expand Boston South Station to make room for more trains and more passengers.  But why are additional trains coming into town, and where are their riders going?

There are a number of answers to these questions, but one stands out: jobs.  There are more jobs than ever within easy distance of South Station.

Job growth is exploding in all directions around South Station. The Financial District has long been home to many key contributors to the Boston economy, but the employment power of the Financial District is now being replicated on the other side of the Fort Point Channel, bringing new jobs and new workers to the Innovation District and the Fort Point neighborhood.

Boston Fort Point District

 Graphic courtesy of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. 

Tech start-ups as well as venerable Boston companies are now located on all sides of South Station, and many of those firms rely on South Station to bring employees to work each day. And with thousands more jobs expected to come on-line in the area over the next decade, South Station stands not only as a gateway to opportunity but essential to the Commonwealth’s continued prosperity.

“To keep business thriving, our transportation network needs to be able to carry the current workforce and also be strong enough to support growth,” said Steve Woelfel, MassDOT Director of Strategic Planning. “Expanding South Station will provide the capacity, comfort, accessibility, and amenities that commuters and intercity passengers need and deserve.”

Increasing the number of tracks and platforms, as well as adding an off-site train layover area, will allow South Station to handle more trains more frequently and efficiently. These improvements are crucial: in the South Boston Waterfront area, up to 21 million square feet of new development is under construction or envisioned. These new buildings are expected to bring up to 15,000 new residents and 35,000 new employees to the neighborhood, across major employment sectors including biotechnology, hotel, retail, high-tech, and health care.

The Innovation District alone has attracted more than 200 new businesses and added 5,000 jobs to the area since January 2010. The neighborhood is particularly popular with “New Economy” companies – such as green technology and life sciences – which place a premium on easy access to public transit as a perk for their employees. Such companies typically have a high percentage of younger employees who want to be able to commute without a car. For these firms, easy access to South Station is a major attraction of the neighborhood. 

Besides connecting people with jobs, the expansion of South Station will create jobs. Currently there are more than 1,000 workers associated with the transportation and retail operations at South Station, and an expanded station will likely require an expanded workforce.

Furthermore, early estimates predict more than 350 direct construction jobs over the life of the South Station Expansion project, and hundreds more workers associated with adjacent development once the station expansion is completed. These workers, in turn, create demand for additional goods and services and support additional jobs and earnings in the city and metropolitan region.

Written By:

Recent Posts

MassDOT RMV AAA Partnership: Hadley posted on May 28

MassDOT RMV AAA Partnership: Hadley

Today, Governor Charlie Baker joined MassDOT Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney and executives from AAA Northeast (AAA NE) in Hadley to announce the latest AAA Registry Services location to begin providing RMV license and registration renewal services to members. “Today marks the doubling of   …Continue Reading MassDOT RMV AAA Partnership: Hadley

Secretary Pollack Welcomes July COMTO National Meeting to Boston posted on May 27

Secretary Pollack Welcomes July COMTO National Meeting to Boston

MassDOT Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack is pleased to welcome the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) 44th National Meeting & Training Conference to Boston, July 11–14, 2015. Secretary Pollack joins Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Honorary Chairs of the Conference. In addition to   …Continue Reading Secretary Pollack Welcomes July COMTO National Meeting to Boston

Fall River Route 79 Project: Ramp Closures May 28 posted on May 26

Fall River Route 79 Project: Ramp Closures May 28

MassDOT will close the on-ramps to I-195 east and westbound from Route 79/138 and Broadway northbound, and from Central Street at Durfee Street/Milliken Boulevard on Thursday, May 28. The closures are necessary to demolish and reconstruct the last two elevated bridges as part of the   …Continue Reading Fall River Route 79 Project: Ramp Closures May 28