Orient Heights Station
The Orient Heights Station Project will make the station fully accessible to all passengers, as well as to make other large scale improvements to modernize the station.
The station was originally constructed in 1952 and has deteriorated over the years. The current construction work includes the installation of a new overhead pedestrian bridge, installation of four elevators and two escalators, new mechanical and power systems, a renovated train operations building, new platforms and improvements to the bus access areas. This work is necessary to comply with ADA regulations to provide accessibility to all MBTA patrons as well as to comply with current state codes and MBTA standards.
The station has been designed by AECOM USA, Inc to be consistent with MassDOT's "GreenDOT" policy. The MassDOT Board of Directors authorized the award of the contract to Barletta Heavy Division (BHD) in October 2011. BHD was issued a Notice to Proceed (NTP) on December 7, 2011.
The station was closed to MBTA patrons on March 23, 2013 with Blue Line trains running through the station. The shutdown allowed for the demolition and subsequent reconstruction of the pedestrian bridge and the station platforms and canopies. The station was reopened with full accessibility on November 26, 2013. After the station was reopened, construction activities continued in areas not accessible to the public. The train operations building was completed and opened to Blue Line Operations staff in June 2014.
The testing of 480V switchgear in the traction power substation is ongoing. Final walkthroughs have been completed and the MBTA has forwarded a final punch list to the contractor. The contractor is working to complete the punch list. In addition, the contractor will replace sidewalk sections in the Winthrop busway and complete the landscape work at the corner parcel. Project completion is currently scheduled for December 2015.