MassDOT Reclaiming Fall River Tracks

Sep 12, 2017

Decommissioned railroad tracks in Fall River could be in use again within the next two years. The lines run from Battleship Cove to the Tiverton border and would be used for freight traffic only.

Alan Sylvia, a state Representative from Fall River, said the rails are in the process of being reclaimed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

“There’s still some federal and state funding needed to complete the project but they’ve (MassDOT) already upgraded some of the railroad ties and some of the rail,” Sylvia said. “But there’s much more work that has to be done.”

Since the rail line has been out of use for decades, some residents have extended their property lines close to the tracks.

“The city of Fall River is working closely with some of those neighbors to remove those encroachments so that the project can proceed,” Sylvia said.

Local residents directed concerns about noise to Sylvia during a South End Neighborhood Association meeting last week. Sylvia told residents he’d been reassured the tracks would only be used twice a week and by one company, Fall River’s Gold Medal Bakery.  

Residents of the area are waiting for a more detailed update from MassDOT officials.