The state announced last week that the US Army Corps of Engineers had issued a final environmental impact statement that embraces the Stoughton Straight Rail Alternative, which would bring passenger trains to Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton for the first time since 1958.
The $1.8 billion proposal would extend the rail line that currently terminates in Stoughton, following inactive rail beds and a proposed trestle over the Hockomock Swamp in Easton and Raynham. The route would split south of Taunton, with a main branch heading to New Bedford and a secondary branch to Fall River.
While the project’s supporters hailed the Corps’ report, funding to build the line hasn’t been provided, and opposition remains adamant in some communities. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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