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MassDOT, CSXT reach deal to restore South Coast service


The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has reached an agreement with CSX Transportation to acquire the necessary rail lines to restore commuter-rail service between Boston and the South Coast region.

The 30-mile section of track runs from Taunton, Mass., to Fall River and New Bedford, Mass. As part of the agreement, MassDOT will control the track and dispatch passenger trains once the South Coast line enters operation.

In addition, the state has released a new request for proposals to reconstruct three rail bridges in New Bedford. The bridge construction, which will be funded by a $20 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER stimulus grant MassDOT received in February, is expected to begin in fall.

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