Infrastructure

The City of Fall River offers the business community a unique set of advantages. Real estate, including raw land and existing space, is affordable. The city’s tax, water and wastewater rates are among the lowest in the state and competitive with locations throughout the country. Its workforce is talented, productive and loyal, and the city’s infrastructure adds a solid foundation for new business development.

Fall River is the midst of a comprehensive campaign to upgrade its infrastructure. As streets are being repaved throughout the city, 42 miles of water mains are being replaced. This improved water delivery system will be complemented by a state-of-the-art wastewater system, highlighted by a three-mile long subterranean tunnel, an engineering marvel that will further filter the city’s storm water discharge.

Utilities

Fall River businesses benefit from efficient, inexpensive utility services. Rates for power, gas and municipal water and wastewater are among the lowest in Massachusetts, and providers are willing to work with customers to ensure that specific needs are met.

Massachusetts Electric and New England Gas Company each offers competitively priced rates for reliable and efficient utility service. Verizon’s state-of-the-art telecommunications network meets the highest technological standards.

Transportation

Fall River is well served by an extensive transportation network. The city’s central geographical position is supported by an excellent highway system, a deepwater port, regional airports and railroad service. In addition, the restoration of commuter rail service to Boston is underway.

• Land

Interstate I-195 links Fall River west to Providence, RI and New York, via I-95, east to Cape Cod and north to Boston via Routes 24, 128 and 495.

• Sea

The Port of Fall River offers a 36′ clear depth and a 96,000 square foot terminal. The port is currently under consideration as a “short-sea shipping” site. This concept emphasizes the use of coastal ocean routes and inland waterways to move cargo. Rail freight delivery is available at this and several other industrial sites.

• Air

Boston’s Logan International Airport is 50 miles away, T.F. Green Airport, in nearby Warwick, RI, is within 30 minutes, and the New Bedford Regional Airport is less than 15 minutes from the city.

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