Buzzards Bay Commuter Rail Extension Feasibility Study

At present, the nearest commuter rail service to points in Barnstable County is provided at the outer terminals of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Kingston and Middleborough/Lakeville lines. These are each about 20 miles north of the Cape Cod Canal. In the past, rail passenger service to Buzzards Bay and points beyond has been provided via a rail line that continues beyond the end of the Middleborough/Lakeville Line, but is currently used only for freight service. U.S. census figures from the year 2000 indicate that more than 4,000 people each day were then commuting to work in Boston or Cambridge from Barnstable County or from intermediate points along the rail corridor between Middleborough/Lakeville and Buzzards Bay. However, the existing commuter rail service captured less than 10% of this traffic. This study has been prepared by the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization in response to a request from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) to examine the feasibility of reestablishing commuter rail service as far as Buzzards Bay.

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    Central Transportation Planning Staff

    10 Park Plaza
    Suite 2150
    Boston, MA  United States  02116
  • Authors:
    • Humphrey, Thomas J
  • Publication Date: 2007-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 146p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144511
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 2009 2:07PM