MassDOT submitted a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the South Station Expansion Project to the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs on June 30, 2016. The FEIR includes a preferred South Station Expansion alternative, summarizes the changes to the project since the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) filing, and incorporates the additional environmental analyses outlined in the Certificate on the DEIR. The FEIR also provides responses to comments received on the DEIR.
On August 12, 2016, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs issued a Certificate on the FEIR. The Certificate determines that “the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) submitted on this project adequately and properly complies with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (G. L. c. 30, ss. 61-621) and with its implementing regulations (301 CMR 11.00).” It also summarizes how the FEIR presented the preferred alternative and analyzed its impacts to the surrounding environment.
In addition, MassDOT is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The EA will be released in 2017.
The purpose of the South Station Expansion 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.
MassDOT is simultaneously performing environmental review of the I-90 Allston Interchange Project, which includes the Beacon Park Yard rail site and I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) for midday layover storage.
MassDOT is committed to comprehensive and inclusive civic engagement as part of the South Station Expansion project. Please explore the website for additional information, and feel free to contact Steve Woelfel, Deputy Director, MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning.