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AT COST OF $935 MILLION, SOUTH COAST RAIL SERVICE COULD BEGIN BY 2022

By Andy Metzger and Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BOSTON, FEB. 12, 2018.....Construction of commuter rail service to the South Coast on a route that runs through Middleborough should cost about $935 million, with service beginning in late 2022, according to a state transportation official.

While the T builds that first phase, officials will continue to explore the possibility of costlier option that would send an electrified train on a different route - through the middle of Taunton - to get to Fall River and New Bedford, according to James Eng, MassDOT's deputy rail administrator who briefed the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board Monday.

To the extent that Gov. Charlie Baker's January state of the state address was an opening to his re-election campaign, the South Coast Rail project was a major campaign promise as he seeks a second term.


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