The SouthCoast Rail Comment Period

The deadline for comments on the South Coast Rail (SCR) Notice of Project Change (NPC) has been extended to May 19, 2017. Read below about how to comment on the NPC.


MassDOT filed the NPC on March 15, 2017, to adopt a phased approach to provide early service, years before revenue service is currently considered to be possible.


Phase 1 will provide service from New Bedford, Fall River and Taunton to Boston by building the Southern Triangle, and using the Middleborough Secondary line and the existing Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail line.


For Phase 2, MassDOT will continue to advance the full Stoughton Electric Alternative design.

A public meeting was held in Dartmouth on Thursday, April 13, 2017.


A copy of the public meeting presentation is now available. Please read more about the project, and download the NPC document and Fact Sheet (in English, Spanish and Portuguese) on the project website:


How to Review and Comment on the NPC:

Download the NPC from the Documents page of the project website. You can also review a copy at many South Coast libraries (please see the website for a complete list). To request a hard copy of the document, please contact Jean Fox by email (


To comment on the NPC, please send a letter, postcard or email to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office by May 19, 2017, the last day comments are accepted:


Secretary Matthew A. Beaton, EOEEA
Attn.: MEPA Office (Purvi Patel)
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114
fax: 617-626-1181

or via hand delivery

MassDOT would like to receive a copy of your letter, which you can email or mail to:

Jean Fox (
Ten Park Plaza, Room 4150
Boston, MA 02116

Please contact the project team with any questions at