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.