South Attleboro MBTA station to reopen May 20

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South Attleboro MBTA station to reopen May 20
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The MBTA’s South Attleboro station, which was closed since 2021, is set to reopen on May 20.

According to an announcement made by the MBTA in late April, the South Attleboro station will reopen for three morning inbound trains and four evening outbound trains. Morning inbound trains will stop at 4:23 a.m., 6:11 a.m., and 7:21 a.m. Afternoon outbound trains will stop at 12:15 p.m., 3:14 p.m., 4:44 p.m., and 6:36 p.m.

“The Healey-Driscoll administration and MBTA have been committed to reopening the South Attleboro train station, and we’re proud to take this step with our partners at Keolis to offer morning and evening trips this spring,” said MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng in an announcement. “Offering these trips at South Attleboro is an important part of connecting communities across the Commonwealth through access to transportation. I thank our MBTA team, Keolis, Senator Feeney, and Representative Hawkins for developing a creative solution to welcome our South Attleboro passengers back to the Commuter Rail.”

Built in 1990, the roofs, bridges and signs were deteriorating and the MBTA decided to rebuild the station. The design for the new station was complete, but construction, scheduled to begin in fall 2020, was paused due to lack of funding.

State Sen. Paul Feeney (D-Foxboro) said that the restoration of the service is an important step forward to providing residents in the Attleboro area with the public transportation that they rely on.

“After years of uncertainty, I am heartened to see that there is momentum and movement to restore service to South Attleboro and am grateful that this administration sees the value in this important regional link,” said Feeney. “I look forward to continue working with the delegation, local leaders, Governor Healey, and our partners at the MBTA towards the timely and full reopening of this station.”

This project has been particularly important for state Rep. James Hawkins (D-Attleboro), who said in a previous story that public transposition was one of his top priorities.

“It goes without saying that our office is thrilled,” said Hawkins. “I have been the driving force behind the repair and ultimate replacement of the station and we have been beating this drum consistently since 2019. With unwavering support from Senator Paul Feeney, I have lobbied hard with the MBTA, developed and fostered critical relationships, conjured up visibility and political capital, written multiple letters, provided hours of testimony from our office and constituents, and attended almost every meeting where I could say ‘don’t forget about Attleboro.’”