South Coast Rail fall update

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Crew members gather at East Tauton Station.

The South Coast Rail will offer a reliable transit connection between Southeastern Massachusetts and Boston. Phase 1 will provide riders with a one-seat trip between Boston and Taunton, Fall River, and New Bedford for the first time since the late 1950s.

Construction progress update

Crews have made significant progress, and construction activity is underway in every city and town along the right-of-way (ROW) that will carry riders beginning in late 2023.

  • The Fall River Line contract is on schedule and is 35% complete
  • The Middleboro/New Bedford Line/Signals contract is on schedule and 18% complete
  • Sheeting and pile walls are being installed, with more than 10,000 linear feet completed on the Fall River Line and 3,900 linear feet on the New Bedford/ Middleborough Line
  • Bridges and culverts are being replaced and grade crossings are being upgraded

We’re also replacing or rebuilding seven railroad bridges along the Fall River Secondary Line.

To learn more about the project’s progress and upcoming work, download the Fall 2021 Update PDF below:

What to know about construction

Construction activity takes place Monday through Friday, beginning at 7 AM and ending by 7 PM.

During track outages, crews work 24-hour days for four to five days. Communities will be notified in advance of these events.

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