Correct. The new station will be on the branch, after it splits from the ROW that the Flyer follows to Buzzards Bay and beyond. The new station is very close to the existing station, but each one can only serve a single branch, rather than both.
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Word from my friend is that most of the track work is done or close to done. They're working on under drainage, signaling conduits, and the station platform.
They're also working on double-tracking around Fall River and New Bedford, including bridge replacements. This should let the MAS in those two areas be raised from 10 to 80... depending on what MassDOT does.
The new Middleborough station is designed to support a future platform on the southwest leg of the wye for Cape Cod shuttle service, but bizarrely lacks any provision for a CapeFLYER platform. I suspect that the CapeFLYER will cease stopping at Middleborough/Lakeville relatively soon after SCR opens - it doesn't seem logical to maintain the station just for the tiny number of CapeFLYER riders using the station.
Which is a damn waste. They built two apartment buildings there. You know, that whole TOD thing. Also knowing where the new station is, I'm guessing there is little parking (not that it matters during COVID).
I didn't know that about the current Middleboro-Lakeville Station closing once the newer one on the South Coast extension opens up. It probably makes sense as many of the trains end at the current Middleboro-Lakeville Station and the only one that continues beyond there is the Cape Flyer. It doesn't surprise me that very few people get on and off the Cape Flyer at Middleboro-Lakeville Station. It's already so close enough to the Cape that many people heading to the Cape who live in Middleboro will just drive. On the other hand, for those who live in Middleboro who want to use the train to the Cape-Wareham is just down the road. That is very true about if the extension to Buzzards Bay ever happens in terms of needing the current station.