Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local officials, residents and business owners to celebrate the opening of the new Beverly Commuter Rail parking garage. The garage will be open for customers beginning at the start of commuter rail service tomorrow, Saturday, August 2.
“When we partner with cities and towns by investing in local infrastructure, we support economic growth and we strengthen communities where residents can live, work and play,” said Governor Patrick. “Through this funding, we are paving the way for future opportunities that will advance economic development in Beverly and help build a brighter future for the Commonwealth.”
The new garage adds an additional 500 new parking spaces to one of the state’s busiest Commuter Rail stations, which serves over 2,000 Boston-bound customers on an average weekday, and makes the station fully handicap accessible, with multiple accessible spaces on each level of the garage, new elevators and a covered accessible walkway from the garage to the existing Beverly Depot platform.
The garage features sustainable and environmentally-friendly elements including photovoltaic solar panels; electric vehicle charging stations; a “snowmelter” on its roof that will allow for snow to be melted on-site instead of being removed by plows and a lighting system designed to utilize natural daylight, energy-efficient lighting and energy-saving lighting controls.
The garage also includes multi-modal transit features such as an enclosed “Pedal & Park” bike storage area with capacity for 48 bikes and Zipcar® services on-site. There are security cameras and an attendant on duty 24-hours a day. LAZ Parking, the MBTA’s main parking contractor, will manage the garage. Rates at the garage begin at $5.00 for the first fourteen hours, $12.00 after fourteen hours and $12.00 for each additional day.
“The MBTA has been working diligently to increase accessibility to our services across the system,” said MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott. “This garage represents a great improvement in access – through convenience as well as compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act – for residents of Beverly and visitors alike.”
The garage structure is designed to support four levels of future development on top of its structure and is set back from Rantoul Street 85 feet to allow for future street front development. Patrons of local businesses may also utilize the garage for parking. A new garage is also set to open at the Salem Commuter Rail station this fall, further improving transportation options on the North Shore.
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