South Coast: Rail Project Underway

The Old Colony Rail line reopened back in 1997 but is still not putting a dent in traffic issues.

According to the Mass Department of Transportation, 71% of the state’s population use their car to drive to work every day and just over 12%  use public transportation.

That’s roughly 2.3 million vehicles clogging the roads and about 400,000 using public transportation every day here in Massachusetts.

A recent study from the Old Colony Planning Council shows roughly 10,000 vehicles park at their 16 stations daily along the South Shore.

Executive director of the Old Colony Planning Council Pasqual Charamella says the 10,000 cars don’t even put a dent in the traffic issues.

Charamella looks at traffic at the Braintree split on an average day.

Traffic1 :21 “by itself”

The Old Colony’s South Coast rail project is under way and will connect Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford. By 2023, they hope there will be more commuters hopping on the train instead of into their cars.


About David Cedrone

David Cedrone started in radio at the campus of Rutgers University at WRSU. He also worked for the Rutgers newspaper The Daily Targum. After graduating from Rutgers he went to work as a newspaper reporter but found his true passion in radio news. He left WATD for a short time and went to work for CBS radio as a sales executive. David returned to WATD and says he has never been so passionate about his work as a radio reporter and fill-in anchor. David also reads news for TIC on Sunday mornings. David lives in Duxbury with his wife Stephanie and his four children.