Transit Projects

Salem Station RenderSalem Station Improvements and Parking Garage

 Project Overview:

The new Salem Station and Parking Garage will be fully accessible with a new 9-Car, high-level platform and a lobby with two elevators in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Station access includes an at-grade bus platform, taxi lane and kiss-and-ride drop-off/pick-up area, pedestrian sidewalks, and a pedestrian bridge from Bridge Street to the elevators and stairs down to the platform. There will be station upgrades to seating, lighting, signage systems, site improvements, and landscaping. The new parking garage is being designed with 714 spaces. The garage will include parking for electric vehicles, accessible parking on each level, Zip Car parking, motorcycle and bicycle parking, and a parking control system. The project will be implemented using the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) alternative delivery method of procurement. The facility has been designed to comply with Executive Order 484—Leading By Example: Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings. The garage is designed to use natural-day and energy-efficient lighting with an energy saving lighting control system.

The MBTA has worked closely with MassDOT and the City of Salem to design this Intermodal Facility to not preclude the possible future construction of a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) on the adjacent City of Salem surface parking lot.

Good News:

Construction of the Salem Station Improvements and Parking Garage project progressed through a tough winter with the deep foundation system installation. The project is currently on schedule to open Phase I of the new commuter rail raised platform in the summer of 2014 and the Phase II of the new commuter rail raised platform in early fall 2014 with the estimated garage opening October 24, 2014.

What to Expect:

On July 22, 2013, the MBTA Salem Station Improvements and Parking Garage project began. Demolition and ground improvements have been completed. Currently, foundations are being installed and work is accelerating after winter conditions slowed the progress of the project.

During the proceeding months, customers can expect to see completion of the Phase I commuter rail raised platform construction. The precast concrete pieces will be trucked onto the site and the garage will be quickly erected. In the spring, work will  also begin on the installation of the signal lights at the station entrance located on Bridge Street.

The contractor will maintain the walkways and update signage for any changes to site access. Your safety is our priority. Please contact George Doherty Jr., Project Manager, at 612-222-3608 to report any unsafe conditions.

The MBTA understands and regrets the inconvenience caused by construction, but the result will be a new high-level platform open in early summer of 2014 with a full length new high-level platform and parking garage in fall 2014.

Please Note:

The road to Salem Station Platform is closed to all vehicles except construction vehicles and vehicles with HP symbols or RMV HP placards.

During construction accessible parking is being maintained at the platform as well as accessible drop off with a Registry of Motor Vehicle Accessible Placard. Registry of Motor Vehicle Accessible Placard’s are available at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle website as follows:

Public Outreach:

Notifications of Public Meetings will be provided through announcements by the MBTA and MassDOT, in regional publications and on the City of Salem’s website. The next public meeting will be held in June 2014 to provide an update on the construction and to address construction issues.

Useful Informational Tools:

A full list of travel alternatives with details on cost and access is available on and the public can visit to subscribe to Newburyport/Rockport Line T-Alerts.

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