Whales Tooth Parking Lot & New Bedford Railyard

This site consists of approximately 32 acres (13 hectares) of land, and is comprised of the Whale's Tooth Parking Lot, the New Bedford Railyard and Island Sands.

The Whale's Tooth Parking Lot provides a large parking lot for the New Bedford Ferry Terminal and commuter transit, and the New Bedford Railyard provides staging for more than 100 rail cars. Both the parking lot and railyard are located less than ¼ mile (0.4 km) from the waterfront.  Island Sands consists of 3 acres (1.2 hectares) of land directly adjacent to the waterfront. Island Sands is an open, unpaved property, and has a cellular cofferdam bulkhead with a load transfer platform on the western edge of the property.  Island Sands is separated from the parking lot and railyard by Herman Melville Boulevard. 

The site has good access to the interstate highway, to deep water via Island Sands, and a local workforce. The site is 35 nautical miles (65 km) from the leading edge of the offshore wind energy areas located south of Martha’s Vineyard with no overhead restrictions. 

Download the Whale's Tooth Parking Lot & New Bedford Railyard Redevelopment and Reuse Assessment to view the potential redevelopment and reuse options at the site, including detailed cost information.  Return to the main Ports Assessment page to read the full reports and visit the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Ports & Infrastructure Maps.    

And download the Whale's Tooth Parking Lot & New Bedford Railyard Existing Conditions Report to to read the comprehensive assessment of the existing site conditions at Whale's Tooth Parking Lot, New Bedford Railyard, and Island Sands.  

As part of the existing conditions assessment, MassCEC has compiled a repository of existing documentation on the Whale's Tooth Park Lot, New Bedford Railyard and Island Sands, some of which is referred to in the Report.  All site documentation is available below: