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South Station Transportation Center Improvements

A rendering shows what the new Commuter Rail concourse will look like at South Station

South Station Transportation Center improvements will be completed as part of the South Station Air Rights Project, a collaboration between the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), developer Hines, and the MBTA.

In 1977, the BPDA (then the Boston Redevelopment authority) sold South Station to the T—but maintained ownership of the air rights. In 2016, the BPDA approved the air rights project, which will begin in late January 2020.

The nearly 5-year project will deliver privately funded improvements to South Station’s rail and bus terminals alongside the creation of a new, mixed-use tower that will include office and residential space.

During this construction period, there will be temporary changes at South Station, inside and out, that will impact rail and bus passengers.

Riders will need to allow more time for travel through the station and can expect some delays and disruption because of this improvement project.

What to Expect During This Work

Construction, expected to last 54 months, will begin in February 2020.

Construction zones are likely to change the way you access South Station and the bus terminal. Here's what you can expect:

All entrances to South Station will remain ADA-accessible. Here's what you can expect at each entrance:

  • Atlantic Avenue entrance: Access to South Station from the Atlantic Avenue entrance will be maintained throughout construction.
  • Summer Street entrance: Starting in summer 2020, a construction zone will be established at the Summer Street entrance between South Station and 245 Summer Street (the Fidelity offices). In its place, the contractor will build an accessible ramp leading to the station.
  • Dorchester Avenue access: There will be access to the South Station platform from Dorchester Avenue via a new walkway constructed between 245 Summer Street (the Fidelity offices) and the U.S. Postal Service building.
  • Bus terminal access: Access to the bus terminal will be maintained through the current bus terminal entrance and Track 1 platform. 

How This Work Will Improve South Station

Currently, the South Station rail terminal and bus terminal are 2 separate buildings, making connections between them inconvenient.

The completion of South Station Transportation Center improvements will create comfortable and convenient transfers to all modes of transit, with direct connections between the rail and bus terminal.

 

    Features

    A rendering shows what the expanded bus terminal will look like at South Station
    A rendering shows what the expanded bus terminal will look like at South Station.

    Other improvements include:

    • New escalators, stairs, and elevators between the bus terminal and main concourse
    • New, indoor bike storage area

    Learn more about these benefits

    Project Stages

    The air rights project will be completed in 3 stages.

    The construction schedule is still being finalized. Please continue to check back for updates.

    Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather and other factors.

    Learn more about the month-by-month construction plan

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