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Access in Motion Updates
Alert: No Red Line Service at Stations North of Harvard (From Nov. 2011 to March 2012)
With the exception of the Christmas and New Years weekends, buses will replace Red Line service between Harvard station and Alewife station until March 2012. This is due to track work that needs to be completed along the tracks between Harvard station and Alewife station.
The Red Line track from Harvard to Alewife sits on concrete slabs that float on rubber disks which absorb noise and vibration from trains. Years of water filtration into the tunnel has resulted in corrosion and cracking that must be addressed in order to maintain safe and reliable Red Line service. Work crews have already begun removing and replacing corroded concrete slabs along the Red Line tracks. In addition to correcting problems with the floating slab structure, the project will involve the replacement of track and 3rd rail. Workers will also address leaks in the tunnel to prevent further deterioration.
The buses will board customers from the following locations:
Alewife-bound: Customers will be picked up in the upper busway of the station.
Boston-bound: Customers will be dropped off in the lower busway.
Porter Square Station
Alewife-bound: Buses will stop on Massachusetts Avenue adjacent to the subway station.
Boston-bound: Buses will stop on Massachusetts Avenue opposite the station entrance.
Alewife-bound: Buses will stop in the busway of the station.
Boston-bound: buses will stop on Holland Street, adjacent to the station entrance.
Buses will pick up and drop off passengers in the busway, berths 1 through 5.
Science Park/West End Station Now Open
Customers who travel to the Museum of Science, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and other West End locations have a lot to cheer about as the newly-renovated Science Park/West End station opened for business this past weekend. This elevated station on the Lechmere branch of the Green Line will finally be accessible to customers with disabilities. The newly renovated station features street-level accessible faregates, wider platforms, elevators, way-finding signage, and signs that are in braille and raised characters that can be used for way-finding purposes. This MBTA news article has more information about the MBTA's latest accessible station.
Fitchburg Line Improvement Project Receives $75 Million
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) along with the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (the regional transit authority for the Fitchburg/Leominster area), are making extensive improvements to modernize the Fitchburg Rail Line and provide greatly improved service and reliability to riders and commuters in the 50-mile long corridor from Fitchburg to Boston. The Fitchburg Commuter Rail Line Improvement Project is a $159 million project including the $75 million federal New Starts Program grant with state matching funds, creating 260 jobs. Follow this link to learn more about the Fitchburg Line Improvement Project.
The work will include the renovation the Littleton and South Acton stations. Ramps, elevators, and high-level platforms are just some of the accessibility features that will be included in the reconstruction of the two commuter rail stations. The Fitchburg Line is the state's oldest commuter rail line, serving 17 communities at 18 rail stations. Presently, information on the accessibility improvements that will be made to South Acton station are available. This section will be updated when more information is available.