MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey joined Governor Deval Patrick today in celebrating the grand opening of the Greater Attleboro Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) Intermodal Center, which will create more accessible transportation options for residents of Attleboro and its surrounding communities.
Governor Patrick also announced over $3.9 million in additional funding for the city of Attleboro through the MassWorks Infrastructure Grant Program to help support the development of Riverfront Drive, a road that will provide a critical connection to the Intermodal Center. The Governor also committed to assisting the city of Attleboro with the expansion of its riverfront park and trail along the Ten Mile River through the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Gateway City Parks Program.
“Growth requires investment, and investing in our infrastructure and creating more green space will help catalyze growth in Attleboro and beyond,” said Governor Patrick. “If we want to expand opportunity in our Commonwealth, this is what government must do and do well.”
The Intermodal Center will promote the larger goal of increased transit-oriented development in the area. The Intermodal Center project included the redevelopment of abandoned properties surrounding the site, improved access to transit parking and the busway, design and construction of a new busway, shelter and associated amenities to enhance customer connection between rail and local GATRA bus service and the construction of approximately 100 MBTA commuter parking spaces to replace those impacted by the new GATRA bus facility. The new bus shelter will open to riders on Monday, November 11, and features two canopied bus ways, bicycle storage and additional parking. This extensive project was completed in just over a year and under budget. The Federal Transit Administration, MassDOT and other state agencies contributed to the total project cost of $8.6 million.
“The opening of a project like the GATRA Intermodal Center represents so much more than a way to get from point A to point B,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. “It represents a cornerstone in the redevelopment of a great city and improved opportunities for its people.”
The Intermodal Center was created as a part of the Attleboro Downtown Revitalization and Redevelopment Project, which was one of six projects selected in 2010 as part of the second round of the Patrick Administration’s Brownfields Support Team (BST) Initiative that had a theme of supporting transit-oriented development. The project consists of eight unique properties along the Ten Mile River that have been contaminated with asbestos, heavy metals, PCBs, chlorinated solvents and other petroleum products due to historical commercial and industrial uses. The Attleboro BST has secured more than $7.3 million in funding from MassDevelopment, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Housing and Community Development, MassDOT and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess the contamination there, begin the cleanup and redevelop the parcels for new commercial, recreational and residential uses, including the development of important transportation-related construction for enhanced rail and bus services.