Transit Projects and Accessibility

T-Projects and Accessibility

All T Projects, including Accessibility projects, begin with allocating money for projects in the T's Capital Investment Program—our five-year planning roadmap—a living document that outlines our current infrastructure and details our planned investments over the next five years.

The 2006-2010 CIP allocates many millions of dollars to capital projects with substantial accessibility benefits. The purchase of hundreds of low-floor buses and subway cars, the reconstruction of stations, and the installation of new elevators will make the T much more accessible to customers in the coming years.

Review accessibility projects and cost projections below, or download the Planned Accessibility Projects brochure to learn more about the T's 'Key Station' accessibility plan, past success and future plans.

Download the Planned Accessibility Projects Brochure

Stations and Stops:

Government Center ($62m)

Over the coming years, the entire existing Government Center station will be renovated and modernized. The station will be outfitted with new elevators, escalators, stairs, lights, and communication systems. The platforms on the Green Line level will be raised to be compatible with the new low-floor vehicles, and the platforms on the Blue Line level will be extended to accommodate six-car trains. Finally, a new glass and steel head house will be constructed on City Hall Plaza.

State Street ($75m)

This effort will substantially remodel State Street, the Blue Line portion in particular. Two new fully accessible entrances will be built on each side of the surface of State Street, and the Blue Line tunnels will be modified to permit six-car trains. This project began in the summer of 2004.

Ashmont ($44m)

The large multimodal station at Ashmont will receive major renovations including new platforms, entrances, roofs, busways and trolleyways and an improved traffic pattern as part of transit-oriented development. The new station will be accessible to all and will offer easy transfers between the Red Line, the Mattapan Line, and bus connections.

Savin Hill ($17m)

This station will be completely demolished and modernized with new platforms, two new elevators, and a new station head-house allowing for complete accessibility.

Fields Corner ($39m)

The existing head-house at this station will be demolished and rebuilt, and the busways will be lowered to allow for easy bus to subway transfers. The renovations will make this non-key station completely accessible.

Shawmut ($11m)

This effort involves the historic restoration of the existing station, the addition of two new elevators and other accessibility improvements, and the installation of an additional exit to the street.

Chinatown ($5m)

This project, now mostly completed, involved the installation of a new elevator from the street to the southbound platform of the station.

Malden Center ($10m)

The construction efforts at this station will renovate the existing station, add two new elevators to access both the Orange Line and the commuter rail, and create a new plaza in front of the station.

Airport ($32m)

Construction of a completely new Airport station is just finishing up 500 feet away from the existing station. The new station, outfitted with two entrances with elevators and escalators for accessibility and travelers with heavy luggage, will permit easy transfer to shuttle buses, and opened in the summer of 2004.

Maverick ($63m)

This project will modernize Maverick station by installing new elevators and escalators, constructing a new head-house with access to the street, and upgrading the busway and plaza on the surface.

Orient Heights ($30m) 

To meet ADA compliance, this station will be outfitted with new elevators and escalators, the plaza and busway will be upgraded, and platforms lengthened to accommodate expanded Blue Line trains.

Aquarium ($110m)

This project, now substantially complete and open to the public, was a massive renovation of this downtown subway station. The station is now completely accessible through both entrances.

Kenmore ($31m)

This station will receive a substantial overhaul in the coming years: new elevators and escalators will be installed, the platforms raised, a second exit to the street added, and the bus canopy and station will be completely remodeled.

Park Street and Haymarket ($25m)

This project, now substantially complete, involved the renovation and modification of all platforms at both stations to be compatible with the new Green Line No. 8 low-floor vehicles.

Boston College ($3m)

This project will make accessibility modifications and improvements to conform to ADA guidelines and will include relocating the station to the median of Commonwealth Avenue, constructing two new raised platforms, shelters, lighting, tactile edging, and installing pedestrian crossings.

LED Signs in Subway Stations ($3m)

This project will install new LED information signs on the platforms and lobbies of busy subway stations. These signs will provide visual equivalent of audio information on train arrival times and destination information.

Subway, Rail and Vehicle Improvements

Blue Line

While the multiple projects currently underway and planned for the Blue Line are largely driven by the goal of platform lengthening for six-car trains, the projects will also make the entire Blue Line completely ADA accessible.

New Blue Line Cars ($205m)

In 2005, the Blue Line will begin operating with a completely new fleet of vehicles. This purchase will increase fleet size from 70 to 94 cars, and will permit the line to run six-car trains. The interior of the vehicles will be ADA compliant.

Orange Line

Along with the project at State Street and Community College (undertaken by the Central Artery) the two projects currently underway will make the entire Orange Line completely accessible.

Green Line: New No. 8 Low-Floor Cars ($224m)

This newest fleet of Green Line vehicles, currently being introduced incrementally to the line, is designed with a low floor to permit passengers to board the trains without stepping up or down. The doors in the middle of the cars will come flush to the edge of newly raised platforms, with an on-board ramp deployed, allowing complete accessibility.

Gloucester ($4m)

As the MBTA constructs a new parking facility at this station, it will also construct new pedestrian access ramps, crosswalks, accessible parking spaces, and rehabilitate the platforms.

Walpole ($2m)

This parking expansion project will also involve the construction of mini high-level platforms and other modifications for ADA compliance.

Wilmington ($13m)

The Authority is nearly finished modernizing this commuter rail station with new platforms, landscaping, parking, and traffic patterns. As part of the project, access ramps will be constructed, new sidewalks created, and accessible parking spaces built.

Malden Center

In conjunction with the Orange Line project, this effort will install new elevators, rehabilitate platforms, and bring Malden Center station into full ADA compliance. This project is nearing completion.

Busses: 814 New Low-Floor Vehicles ($386m)

As part of the MBTA's number one priority of revitalizing its bus operations, it is currently purchasing over 800 vehicles to replace almost two-thirds of the existing fleet. All new buses will be equipped with a low floor and wheelchair ramps for easy accessibility, as well as automatic audio and visual stop announcements. External announcements will tell boarding passengers which route the bus is serving as well as its destination. The new buses include 28 low-floor electric trolley buses, the first of their kind in the United States.

RIDE Computer Upgrade and Fleet Replacement ($17m)

These two efforts will revitalize the RIDE program in the coming years: a new central customer database and dispatch system will be created to better manage service calls and on-time performance, and an entirely new fleet of vehicles will be purchased over the next five years.

Other Accessibility Improvements

Automated Fare Collection: Charlie ($204m)

This highly visible project will begin replacing the token and turnstile fare collection system in 2005 with new glass gates and "smart card" tickets. New ADA-accessible fare gates will be installed as well.

Systemwide Elevator Upgrade ($1m)

The MBTA operates and maintains hundreds of elevators and escalators in the metropolitan region. This program provides funds to ensure that this equipment continues to function reliably and safely with improvements such as by replacing control boxes, upgrading doors, and other improvements.