Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined Transportation Secretary Bernard Cohen, and MBTA General Manager Daniel A. Grabauskas to applaud renovations to Morton Street Commuter Rail station marking the completion of Phase I of the Fairmount Line Project. The Fairmount Commuter Rail Line operates from South Station through Dorchester and Hyde Park terminating in the Readville section of Boston, and is the only Commuter Rail Line that exclusively serves the City of Boston and the MBTA’s urban core.
"In completing the renovation of the Morton Street Station, the MBTA has taken an important step in realizing the potential of the Fairmount Line," Mayor Menino said. "The residents of Mattapan will now have a cleaner, safer and more accessible station,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
A $37m investment, Phase I of the Fairmount Project has been dedicated to the renovation and rehabilitation of bridges, tracks, signal systems, and the complete redesign of both Uphams Corner and Morton Street stations. "The MBTA is committed to keeping the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line in a state of good repair,” said Transportation Secretary Bernard Cohen. “Continuous reinvestment in the infrastructure is essential to making certain that the system maintains the safe and efficient movement of persons and provides sufficient capacity to accommodate future ridership growth.”
At a cost of $6.8m, Mattapan’s Morton Street Station features a new lighting system, high-level train platforms for easy boarding, pedestrian-friendly walkways, MBTA Police call boxes, and the accommodation for nine car train sets. Additional amenities include: steel canopies, access ramps, electronic message boards, bench/windscreens, landscaping, and new signage.
Reaffirming the MBTA’s commitment to providing public transportation that is accessible, convenient, and most importantly a safe experience for the customer, MBTA General Manager Dan Grabauskas said, “With the rehabilitation of Morton Street station into a well-lit, accessible, and user-friendly station, customers, whether transferring from a bus, or walking from their homes can now access the station with ease, and feel comfortable awaiting service.”
To celebrate the heritage of the Morton Street station community, graphic panels have been installed on the platforms, which include historic photos of transportation, streets and avenues, neighborhood homes, open spaces, and schools.
Upon completion of a speaking program, local officials joined Mayor Menino, Secretary Cohen, and General Manager Grabauskas in a ribbon cutting officially announcing the newly renovated station.