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South Coast Rail Construction Phase 1 Contractor Forum

Meeting Info

Date: January 31, 2020 at 10 AM - 12 PM

Location: State Transportation Building, 2nd Floor, Board Room • 10 Park Plaza • Boston, MA

Attendees: General Public

Event Description

The MBTA plans to advertise bids for the construction of the South Coast Rail Phase 1 program, over the next several months, starting in February 2020. The approximate contract value is $600 million.

This forum provides interested contractors the opportunity to learn about the scope and bidding schedule for the upcoming packages, and to connect with other potential partners/subcontractors. The MBTA will also review the required pre-qualification requirements for the packages. Interested parties are encouraged to attend.

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About South Coast Rail

The South Coast Rail (SCR) Phase 1 Program will extend rail service from the Middleborough/Lakeville Line to Taunton, Fall River and New Bedford. The project will build 6 new stations in Middleborough, Taunton, North New Bedford, New Bedford, Freetown and Fall River, construct layover facilities in New Bedford and Fall River, and upgrade approximately 38 miles of freight rail infrastructure to accommodate commuter rail service. The infrastructure improvements include bridge and grade crossing upgrades, track, right of way, drainage and signal improvements, including provision of Positive Train Control (PTC) for the extension. The scope also includes system testing and commissioning.

The SCR Program will restore passenger rail service to the South Coast region. The Program has been extensively studied in various configurations for the past 2 decades. In 2016, MassDOT and MBTA authorized a Phase 1 project that would advance service to Fall River and New Bedford. This Phase 1 project received environmental approvals in 2019, and MBTA proceeded with some initial early action construction. The major construction packages will commence in 2020 with the target to start service by the end of 2023.