MBTA’s Phase 1 work of South Coast Rail is moving along

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
The MBTA is looking to build a third track between West Natick and Wellesley Farms.

Phase 1 of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s South Coast Rail construction is alive and well.

About $600 million of work is currently taking place and the section is fully funded through Massachusetts’ Capital Investment Plan. Construction began in late 2020.

Phase 1 will extend commuter rail service on the Middleboro/Lakeville Line to New Bedford, Fall River, and Taunton, and is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.

Twenty-seven miles of track and four new stations will fill the line.

The MBTA says crews have been clearing the right-of-way near the track and replacing four railroad bridges, and that work is almost complete. In Taunton, work on encroachments and demolition to prepare the right-of-way are under way.

When Phase 1 is complete a ride to get to Boston on the Middleboro/Lakeville Line will take 70 minutes.

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