Natick Center Station Accessibility Improvements
The MBTA’s Natick Center Commuter Rail Station ranks in the top 25% of busiest Commuter Rail stations. We’re renovating the station to improve rider experience and bring it into compliance with updated accessibility standards.
- Contract awarded: November 2019
- Projected Completion: 2022
- Budget: $36.2 million
- Status: Construction
The Commuter Rail station will be rebuilt for better accessibility with 2 new elevators, 2 accessible ramps, and 3 stairways. Upgrades will also include:
- Full-length, high-level platforms for easier boarding
- Replacement of the existing pedestrian bridge
- Updated amenities including new canopies, bicycle parking, and better signage, wayfinding, and emergency lighting
- Upgraded drainage infrastructure for better flood prevention
- Streetscape improvements and completion of the Natick section of the Cochituate Rail Trail
- Improved multi-modal connections
- More accessible commute options on the Framingham/Worcester Line
- Updated amenities for improved rider safety and convenience
Before and After
Pedestrian bridge viewed from North Ave
Pedestrian bridge viewed from the south
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.
What to Expect During Construction
Construction for upgrades to the Natick Center Commuter Rail Station began in February 2020. Work is expected to continue through 2022. The station will remain open during construction.
Construction primarily takes place on weekdays during daytime hours. Limited nighttime work will take place as required.
Current work includes:
- Building temporary platforms on the inbound and outbound sides of the station to allow for the demolition of the old station platforms/canopies
- Grading access ramps, relocating utilities and upgrading the track beds with heavy coarse stone (ballast)
Trucks carrying the ballast will enter the site during the day via Mechanic Street and along the Cochituate Rail Trail. This ballast will be used to raise the inbound track in early August, with this track work taking place continuously over a full weekend, including overnight.
When work is completed, the station will include 2 new elevators, 2 accessible ramps, 6 stairways, new platform, pedestrian bridge, drainage improvements and bicycle parking.
For public safety, we have installed temporary supplemental and emergency lighting. We anticipate this lighting to remain in place through the Spring of 2022, or until the station’s permanent lighting and emergency lighting fixtures are in use. The temporary lights are set and directed downward, with little to no light spillage onto adjacent properties expected.
Construction Schedule (2020 – 2022)
Please note that dates are approximate.
- Prepared site for construction.
- Cleared brush and trees on portions of the MBTA Right of Way to create a safe construction work zone along the Worcester Commuter Rail Line in Natick.
- Construction activities are taking place on the East side of the station, the West side remains open.
- Building temporary platforms and demolishing existing platforms.
- Install ramps and stairs from street level to the station on both the North and South sides of the tracks.
- Install permanent elevated platforms for the new station.
- Upgrading track beds/trucking in ballast.
- Upgrading & relocating utilities.
- Work moves to the west side of the station.
- Replacement of the pedestrian bridge.
- Install elevators and stairways from street level to the station on both North and South sides of tracks.
- Installation of remaining elevated platforms for the new station and canopies.
- Complete all street level finishes associated with the station.
- Finish installation of new curbing, sidewalks and wheelchair ramps adjacent to the station.
- Mill and pave roads adjacent to the station.
- Install signage.
For all queries and comments related to Natick Center Station Accessibility Improvements, please contact Natick Center project staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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