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Construction of New Maverick Station Begins

Posted on October 4, 2005

In East Boston today, federal, state, and local officials held a ground-breaking ceremony to formally mark the beginning of a project that will completely rebuild Maverick Station. The century-old Blue Line Station will be transformed into a state-of-the-art, multi-modal transportation facility that includes: new head houses for significantly improved pedestrian access, extended platforms to accommodate six-car trains, and new escalators and elevators from the subway platform to Maverick Square Plaza and Lewis Mall. "Transportation is a vital issue, one that directly affects the quality of life in our city," Mayor Menino said. "I'm proud that by working together with the MBTA and the community, we're making renovations that will give residents better access to good public transportation. Let's continue to work together as this project moves forward.” "Governor Romney has stressed the importance of re-investment in our existing transportation infrastructure, and this project is a case-study in that sentiment," said Transportation Secretary John Cogliano. "East Boston is an area on the move, and the renovated Maverick station will help local residents get to their destinations with greatly improved ease and accessibility.” Part of the $750 million Blue Line Modernization Project, the renovation of Maverick Station will also feature: updated electrical and mechanical systems, installation of automated fare equipment, new lighting, signage, public address system, and LED systems. Also included in the $55 million contract is the construction of new vent shafts and improvements to Maverick Square parking, pedestrian and vehicular circulation. MBTA General Manager Daniel A. Grabauskas expressed gratitude to local officials and the Maverick Square community for their patience and participation during the planning and design phases of the project. “The time and energy spent was vital to making this project a reality,” said MBTA General Manager Daniel Grabauskas. “With station projects underway in Dorchester, Mattapan, and East Boston, the MBTA continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to the transit-dependent neighborhoods of this great city.” “The people of East Boston have waited a long time for this day,” said Senate President Robert E. Travaglini. “We look forward to a new Maverick Station that will provide easier access, move commuters more efficiently and stand as a welcome gateway to our business community.” Slated for completion in 2008, the new Maverick Station is being built by the J.F. White Construction Company. ###

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