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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 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.

How This Work Will Improve South Station

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

Learn more about these benefits

    Project Stages

    The air rights project will be completed in 3 stages. Construction schedules are subject to change due to weather and other factors.

    Learn more about the month-by-month construction plan

    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.

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