Led by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the 495/MetroWest Partnership, with support from Transportation for Massachusetts, the coalition seeks to identify municipal-level concerns and ideas, and develop a unified approach to working with the MBTA and MassDOT on commuter rail issues and opportunities.
The chief elected and/or administrative officials of all municipalities served by the MBTA commuter rail are invited to participate in the coalition. Thank you to all who attended our kickoff meeting on June 12, 2018 at 10:00 am at MAPC, 60 Temple Street, 3rd Floor, Boston.
This meeting featured a discussion of common areas of interest, and a presentation by the MBTA Rail Vision team. Follow up meetings will be scheduled for the coming months.
This page will provide links to background reports and studies on the region's commuter rail network. To learn more, contact T4MA.
MBTA Rail Vision
The Rail Vision study is a long range effort to help the MBTA better meet the transportation and economic growth needs of the region in the future, and to inform the development of the next operating contract for the MBTA’s rail system. As the MBTA explores a procurement process to succeed the current contract with Keolis, it is necessary to consider the service and investments that are appropriate to the region.
- Download the April 30, 2018 presentation on Rail Vision provided to the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board.
- MBTA page on the Rail Vision project
- Rail Vision team 6/12/18 presentation to the Commuter Rail Communities Coalition
Focus40 is the 25-year investment plan for the MBTA, reflecting a comprehensive public engagement process for all modes of public transportation. A draft report has been published, with public comment due by September 21, 2018. The final report is expected in late 2018.
- Visit the MBTA Focus40 site
- Draft Focus 40 Report (download and comment)
- Focus40 State of the System Report: Commuter Rail
Regional Rail White Paper (Transit Matters)
The Transit Matters Regional Rail report is a blueprint for comprehensive transit service using the existing commuter rail network, with upgrades to fleet, track and capacity.
The Promise and Potential of Transformative Transit-Oriented Development in Gateway Cities (MassINC)
The MassINC TTOD Report examines the economic opportunities associated with transit-oriented development at Gateway Cities commuter rail stations.
Transportation Dividend: Transit Investments and the Massachusetts Economy (A Better City)
A Better City's report weighs the economic benefits of the MBTA in comparison to the system's near-term capital needs, establishes the necessity of greater investment focus on reliability, capacity and connectivity.