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Chelsea Commuter Rail Station

A purple Commuter Rail train is shown at right next to the new station platform. The track runs diagonally from lower left to center right, with the inbound platform at lower right and the outbound platform at upper left. The platform has lighted canopies hanging over outdoor stools in recessed seating areas. A blue sky with white clouds is overhead at upper right.
A Commuter Rail train passes by the new station’s outbound platform, which features newly installed wayfinding signs (September 2021)

The current Chelsea Commuter Rail station, on the Newburyport/Rockport Line at Arlington Street in Chelsea, is inconvenient for transfers to other modes, inaccessible to people with disabilities, and in disrepair.

We’re building an new, fully accessible Commuter Rail station next to the final SL3 stop in Chelsea. When the station opens later this year, it will provide easy transfers to the Silver Line and allow for quick trips to or from downtown Boston. 

  • Contract awarded: May 2019
  • Projected completion: Fall 2021
  • Budget: $37.7 million
  • Status: Construction

Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

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Project Features

A rendering of the new Chelsea Commuter Rail Station, with a full view of the platfrom from afar
A rendering of the new Chelsea Commuter Rail Station, with a full view of the platform from afar

When complete, the new station will connect the Newburyport/Rockport Line to the SL3.

What to Expect During Construction

Construction began in August 2019. As the project nears completion, crews are currently doing station finishing work.  

During the weekends of October 9 – 10 and November 6 – 7, we will shut down Commuter Rail service between North Station and Lynn while we test and integrate the new railroad signal system.  

Shuttle buses will replace train service during the weekend shutdowns. All pedestrian and bicycle access at SL3 stations will remain the same. For the latest service information, visit the Newburyport/Rockport Line Alerts page.  

Contact Us

For all questions and queries related to Chelsea Commuter Rail construction, please contact ChelseaStation@mbta.com

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Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

Learn more

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View all project updates

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