New Elevator Opens at Harvard Station
Transit officials, officials from the city of Cambridge, and disability advocates celebrated the opening of the new elevator at Harvard Station on Thursday, January 19. Rob Park from the Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL), and Michael Muehe from the Cambridge Commission for People with Disabilities spoke briefly at the event.
The 4.1 million dollar project included the creation of a new elevator for Harvard Station. The new redundant elevator will provide additional access to this highly-used transit station—connecting Harvard station’s upper busway to the street level near the intersections of JFK & Brattle streets. A newly-constructed corridor connects Harvard Station's upper busway to the new elevator. The elevator work also included the reconstruction of nearby Degugliemo Plaza. This work was done as part of a settlement agreement between the MBTA and the Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) in an effort to ensure access for people with disabilities to MBTA services.