The Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, officially inaugurated the construction works on the first phase of South Coast Rail project which will offer transit connection between southeastern Massachusetts and Boston.
“South Coast Rail Phase 1 will connect Taunton, Fall River, New Bedford, and the surrounding areas to Boston, giving people more options to get to and from southeastern Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker.
With a recently agreed upon total program cost of USD 1.047 billion, phase 1 of the South Coast Rail Program will be funded 100 percent by the Commonwealth through a combination of general obligation bonds and special obligation bonds to be issued under existing authorization for the Rail Enhancement Programme.
The first phase of South Coast Rail includes the extension of Middleborough Line service using diesel-powered trains to New Bedford and Fall River, the reconstruction of 28 km section of the New Bedford Main Line and 19 km of the Fall River Secondary, the upgrade of the existing Middleborough Secondary track from Pilgrim Junction to Cotley Junction, with a length of a distance of 11.5 km, the construction of two new layover facilities and six new stations.
The first phase is expected to be completed in 2023.