Post Content

Fall River New Bedford Rail Lines Tie Work, November 14, 2013The Patrick Administration today announced MassDOT is beginning construction to rehabilitate the Fall River and New Bedford railroad lines, a necessary step toward providing South Coast Rail service.

Thousands of rail ties and spikes will be installed along 33 miles of right-of-way leading to Fall River and New Bedford beginning this fall and continuing until winter weather freezes the rail bed. Work will resume in spring 2014.

“South Coast residents deserve the benefits of a reliable and convenient connection to Boston and points in between,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “This work is another step in a methodical, comprehensive process that will move South Coast Rail forward.”

“These track improvements are critical in building the foundation necessary to bring long-awaited passenger train service to the South Coast,” said Secretary Davey. “South Coast Rail represents economic opportunity and smart growth for the cities of New Bedford, Fall River, and Taunton.”

“The upgrades strengthen the track to provide safer operations for current freight service while getting the corridor ready for the complete rehabilitation required to provide higher speed passenger service,” said South Coast Rail Project Manager Jean Fox.

A total of approximately 42,000 rail ties and thousands of spikes will be installed along the 14 miles of track leading to Fall River and 19 miles of track leading to New Bedford.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts purchased the rail lines from CSX Transportation in order to provide access for future South Coast Rail service.

Other investments and milestones supporting South Coast Rail to date include:

  • Rebuilding of three New Bedford rail bridges, funded by a $20 million federal TIGER grant.
  • Announcement by Governor Deval Patrick in September that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the South Coast Rail project, and MassDOT adopted the Corps’ document as the state-required Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), with the Stoughton rail alternative as the preferred route.
  • South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan technical assistance grants and other investments provided to assist the 31 corridor communities in preparing for passenger rail through sustainable development and appropriate land use.

Visit the South Coast Rail website to learn more about the project: http://www.southcoastrail.com/

Written By:

Recent Posts

MassDOT Prepares for Winter Storm posted on Feb 7

MassDOT Prepares for Winter Storm

  The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is preparing for a significant winter storm which is scheduled to arrive in some areas of the state overnight tonight and early Monday morning and which will bring blizzard conditions to areas along the South Shore as well   …Continue Reading MassDOT Prepares for Winter Storm

MassDOT Reminder: Safe Winter Driving Tips! posted on Feb 4

MassDOT Reminder: Safe Winter Driving Tips!

With snow in the forecast, MassDOT reminds motorists to plan ahead, avoid travel during the snow event when possible, and be prepared for Winter Travel! Be sure to Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Driving and bring Winter Car Supplies. Use Common Sense While Driving Near   …Continue Reading MassDOT Reminder: Safe Winter Driving Tips!

MassDOT Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange: March 8-9 posted on Feb 3

MassDOT Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange: March 8-9

You are invited to share and learn the newest ideas in transportation technology by attending MassDOT’s Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange for 2016, scheduled for March 8 & 9, at the DCU Center in Worcester. Are you wondering how to improve both the efficiency and   …Continue Reading MassDOT Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange: March 8-9