Transit Projects

Fairmount Line Improvements

The Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line currently runs from South Station south through the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and terminates in Readville section of Hyde Park. It consists of approximately 9.2 miles of track, four stations (Uphams Corner, Morton Street, Fairmount, and Readville) and forty-one bridges. It is the only Commuter Rail Branch that exclusively serves the City of Boston and MBTA’s Urban Core.
 
In October of 2002, a Feasibility Study was performed to identify a combination of existing infrastructure upgrades needed to maintain a “State of Good Repair” on the Fairmount Line.
The identified upgrades included the rehabilitation of two (2) existing stations located at Uphams Corner and Morton Street; the reconstruction of six (6) bridges located at Columbia Road, Quincy Street, Massachusetts Avenue, Talbot Avenue, Woodrow Avenue, and Neponset River; the new construction of a track interlocking switching system; upgrades to the existing signal system; and the de-leading, painting, and minor repair work to the bridges at East Cottage Street, Dudley Street, Norfolk Street, and Geneva Avenue.

The Feasibility Study also identified certain elements that would significantly increase ridership and revenues and potentially alleviate the issue of overcrowded buses along the Fairmount Corridor. These elements include the construction of four (4) new commuter rail stations strategically located at Four Corners (between the Washington Street and Geneva Avenue Bridges), Talbot Avenue (North of the Talbot Avenue Bridge), Newmarket (North of the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge and adjacent to the now South Bay Shopping Center), and Blue Hill Avenue (between the Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway Bridges). The station locations were chosen to provide a higher quality level of bus service and to provide an alternative mode of transportation in “walk-to” stations for neighborhood residents along the corridor.

Renderings and drawings were provided by Edwards and Kelcey.

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