MASS DOT releases draft environmental assessment for South Station project

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration have completed a draft environmental assessment for the South Station Expansion Project and have submitted the document for public review.

The project is designed to expand South Station terminal capacity to meet current and anticipated commuter and intercity rail needs. Expanding the terminal would improve the passenger experience at South Station and update track, signals, and related layover capacity to improve service reliability. The expansion would add seven tracks and four platforms to the existing station.

The commonwealth transportation department received a grant of $32.5 million from the Federal Railroad Administration in 2011 to study the potential of expanding South Station. The study must be completed by June 2017 when the grant expires. The project is estimated in the range of $1.6 billion. There is no date set for completion.

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