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. 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.
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.
- A crane, located in the Atlantic Avenue work zone, has begun to erect the steel structure for the new bus terminal expansion and parking garage overbuild:
- The lane on Atlantic Avenue formerly available for parking will continue to be used for pedestrian access around the construction zone while the steel erection work continues.
- Commuters travelling between the South Station concourse and the South Station bus terminal are encouraged to use the Platform A walkway to bypass the expanded Atlantic Avenue construction zone.
- The contractor will need to reconfigure the crane boom over an upcoming weekend in late June. This will require a temporary closure of two of the three travel lanes along Atlantic Avenue, as well as a temporary closure of the Atlantic Avenue sidewalk adjacent to the construction zone. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained. During this same weekend operation, parking along the east side of Atlantic Avenue will be closed between Kneeland Street and Essex Street except for a drop-off zone just south of the Bus Terminal. Accessible pedestrian access to the Bus Terminal will be maintained.
- Construction on the station doors that provide access to Tracks 1 and 2 is now complete. In their place, a series of bifold doors are now in use.
- The common platform has expanded around the work zone, providing direct access to all tracks. Passengers will need to use the new bifold doors near Tracks 1 and 2 to access the outdoor concourse and platforms. The other sets of doors are now closed. In early April, the contractor will be infilling Tracks 1 and 2, further expanding the platform.
- Pedestrian access from Atlantic Avenue to the outdoor concourse area is closed temporarily to accommodate an expanded construction area. The ramp from Atlantic Avenue to the outdoor concourse will remain open.
- Access to the platforms via Summer Street is available via a new ramp and stairs.
Your path of travel may change depending on which mode of transit you take.
- Access to Tracks 11 and 12 is available via a newly painted sidewalk near Dorchester Ave.
- Trains on Tracks 1 – 10 now stop approximately one to two coach lengths farther away from the sliding entrance doors to the station.
- Access to Track 13 from the alley between the station and the Post Office is not available.
- Be aware that the platform at the end of Track 10 is narrower.
Access to the bus terminal via the outdoor concourse is available via the platform between Tracks 2 and 3.
The Atlantic Avenue entrance remains open.
If you're biking or taking a cab to/from South Station, you may need to navigate the station differently during construction.
The Pedal and Park facility on Atlantic Avenue is closed. Any bikes in the facility were removed. Contact the Transit Police at 617-222-1212 to retrieve your bike.
New bike racks are available on Atlantic Avenue, adjacent to the station entrance.
- The cab stand in front of the bus terminal will move about 80 feet south.
- The cab stand by the Atlantic Avenue entrance will be split into two sections.
- The pick-up/drop-off zone north of the Beach Street/Atlantic Avenue intersection will move south of the intersection.
There are no expected impacts to MBTA service at this time. Please allow an extra 5 – 10 minutes to navigate the station.
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.
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.
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