South Station Transportation Center Improvements
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 began in 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.
What to Expect During This Work
Construction began in early 2020. While work continues, temporary changes at South Station are likely to change the way you access rail and bus service. It may also result in some delays and disruptions at the station.
We recommend allowing more time for travel through the station.
Please allow extra time (5 – 10 minutes) as you get used to new construction zones and paths of travel at the station. Trains might arrive and depart on a different track than what is typical. Be sure to check your track number before boarding.
- The station doors that provide access to Tracks 9 and 10 are now closed. Passengers can use Doors 1 – 8 to access the outdoor concourse and platforms.
- Access to the north side of the platform adjacent to Track 1 is restricted due to a temporary construction zone. To access the bus terminal and platform adjacent to Track 1, riders will need to walk a short distance around the construction zone, using the platform between Tracks 2 and 3.
- The contractor has begun night work to remove components of the overhead canopy that extends from the station entrance over the outdoor concourse area. Passengers may experience rerouting around temporary work areas while this work is being completed. In mid to late September, the contractor will begin to remove the canopy structure itself.
- Track shortening began on June 26, starting with Tracks 1 and 2. Trains will stop approximately one coach length further away from the station entrance.
- The construction zone near Track 10 has been expanded. If you’re heading towards Tracks 10, 11, 12, and 13, you may notice a narrower platform width at the end of Track 10.
- If you use the sidewalk from Dorchester Avenue to access the rail platform, please use the newly-painted crosswalk to enter the station near Tracks 11 and 12.
- Access to Track 13 from the alley between South Station and the Post Office is no longer available.
Please allow extra time (5 – 10 minutes) as you get used to new construction zones and paths of travel at the station.
There are no expected impacts to Red Line or Silver Line service.
There are no expected impacts to service and operations at the bus terminal, but you may notice construction work on your path of travel.
The Summer Street @ South Station stop has been relocated 50 feet to the west (closer to the main entrance to South Station) to allow for the construction of a new pedestrian ramp.
The Pedal and Park facility on Atlantic Avenue is now closed. Any bikes left in the facility were removed. Contact the Transit Police at 617-222-1212 to retrieve your bike.
You can park your bike at the new bike racks on Atlantic Ave (adjacent to the South Station entrance). During construction, a new Pedal and Park facility is expected to open in spring 2020.
Once construction is complete, a new Pedal and Park facility will open inside South Station, accessible from the Atlantic Avenue sidewalk.
- The cab stand in front of the bus terminal will be relocated about 80 feet south.
- The cab stand by the Atlantic Avenue entrance will be split into 2 for access to the construction zone.
- The pick-up/drop-off zone located north of the Beach Street/Atlantic Avenue intersection on the east side of Atlantic Avenue will be relocated south of the intersection.
All entrances to South Station will remain ADA-accessible. Here’s what you can expect at each entrance:
- Atlantic Avenue: The entrance to South Station from Atlantic Avenue has narrowed due to the expansion of the Atlantic Avenue construction zone. Since June, access to train platforms from Atlantic Ave has been available via a new ramp.
- Summer Street: Access through the plaza from Summer Street directly to the train platforms is now closed. To reach the train platforms and South Station from Summer Street, pedestrians should use the new Summer Street ramp and stairs.
- Dorchester Avenue: Access to South Station from Dorchester Avenue is available via a new walkway between 245 Summer Street and the United States Postal Service building.
- Bus terminal: Access will continue to be available through the current street-level entrance and from the Track 1 platform.
How This Work Will Improve South Station
When the South Station Transportation Center improvements are complete, you will be able to more easily and comfortably transfer between the bus and rail terminals at the station.
- The outdoor Commuter Rail concourse area will expand by 67%, and the tracks and platforms will be completely covered.
- Capacity at the bus terminal will increase by more than 50%, with more convenient connections to the Commuter Rail.
- New escalators, stairs, and elevators between the bus terminal and main concourse.
- New indoor bike storage area.
The air rights project will be completed in 3 stages. Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather and other factors.
Construction was paused in early 2020 due to COVID-19, and resumed on May 18. A new construction timeline is being established and will be posted here.
Night work will be necessary during this stage.
Three construction zones will be established in the first month of construction:
- Atlantic Avenue construction zone
- Summer Street construction zone
- Track 13 construction zone
The outdoor concourse area will be expanded to create a temporary space that is 22% larger than the existing area to accommodate pedestrians and rail passengers throughout the project.
Some retail kiosks inside South Station will be relocated to help riders navigate the construction zones more easily.
Night work will be necessary from summer 2020 – winter 2021.
Work will begin on the expanded bus terminal and parking garage (which will be built over the tracks, platforms and outdoor concourse area). Crews will start foundation and structure work on the tower.
By summer 2022, the newly expanded bus terminal will be opened for public use with access from Atlantic Avenue through the existing bus terminal entrance.
Crews will build the mixed-use tower at South Station.
By summer 2024, the South Station Transportation Center improvements will be completed, including the architectural enhancements to the outdoor concourse area and the new escalators, stairs, and elevators providing passengers with direct access from the concourse to the bus terminal.
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