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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. Construction began in January 2020.

The nearly 5-year project will include privately funded improvements to South Station’s rail and bus terminals in addition to a new, mixed-use tower with both office and residential space.

What to Expect During This Work

Construction began in early 2020. While work continues, there will be temporary changes at South Station that 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 all passengers give themselves an extra 5 – 10 minutes to navigate through the station.

Station Access

Construction zones may impact the way you enter and exit the station and which platforms trains arrive and depart from. Please verify your track number before heading to the platform.

All entrances to South Station will remain ADA-accessible.

diagram showing the construction areas in south station and altered paths of travel
This graphic shows recommended pedestrian pathways at the start of Stage 2 work, which will begin in early 2021. All customers should allow an extra 5 – 10 minutes to navigate the station.

Transit Access

Your path of travel may change depending on which mode of transit you take.

Bikes and Passenger Pick-up/Drop-off

If you're biking or taking a cab to/from South Station, you may need to navigate the station differently during construction.

Service Impacts

There are no expected impacts to MBTA service at this time. Please allow an extra 5 – 10 minutes to navigate the station.

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Project Stages

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

  • Stage 1: 2020 2021. Work includes the establishment of construction zones near Atlantic Avenue, Summer Street, and Track 13. Some retail kiosks inside South Station will be moved to accommodate work.
  • Stage 2: 2021  2022. Work includes expanding the bus terminal and building a parking garage over the existing tracks/platforms. Construction will begin on the foundation and structure of the mixed-use tower.
  • Stage 3: 2023  2025. Work includes the completion of the South Station Transportation Center with new escalators, stairs, and elevators. The mixed use tower will be completed in 2025.

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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.

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