Governor Deval Patrick today celebrated the grand opening of the new Yawkey Commuter Rail Station and the start of enhanced Commuter Rail service on the Framingham/ Worcester Line. The Yawkey Commuter Rail station, which serves Fenway Park and the Longwood Medical area, is now fully accessible, allows for increased service along the Worcester/Framingham line and will expand economic opportunities for each city and town along the line. The Governor was joined by MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Timothy Murray and Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino.
“The opening of Yawkey Station is the culmination of many years of cooperation and partnership to increase access to accessible, convenient and efficient public transportation between Worcester and Fenway,” said Governor Patrick. “This project shows that our growth strategy is real, not rhetorical. We must use public investment – of time, money and ideas – to stimulate growth and build opportunity for our residents.
During construction, the tracks at Yawkey Commuter Rail Station were realigned to allow for double-track capacity, serving as the catalyst for expanded Framingham/Worcester Line service. This increases commuter options from Worcester to Boston, connecting the Commonwealth’s two largest cities, as well as along the entire length of the Framingham/Worcester Line.
“By increasing service from Boston to Worcester, MassDOT continues to encourage economic growth in and around the region,” said Secretary Davey. “The Framingham/Worcester Line serves 13,000 customers daily and continues to demonstrate consistent growth, and MassDOT is confident that with this expansion, we will see that number climb.”
With the new schedule, inbound departures from Worcester to Boston increase from 17 to 20 trains per day. Outbound departures from Boston to Worcester will also increase, from 16 to 20 trains per day. The service will also offer three new off-peak trains, including a new departure at 11:10 p.m. for those leaving the area later in the evening. Additionally, there will be an increase from two to three trains leaving Boston, scheduled to arrive in Worcester before 8:30 a.m. Likewise, there will be an increase in service during peak times, with a new train departing from South Station at 6:40 p.m., stopping at Yawkey and then ending in Worcester. An additional new outbound train will depart South Station at 9:25 p.m. before stopping at Yawkey. The 9:25 p.m. train will shorten the previous nearly two hour evening gap to one hour.
Yawkey Commuter Rail station now has two fully accessible, full-length train platforms, four new elevators and an accessibility ramp. The main entrance is now on the new Yawkey Way Extension, which provides vehicular and pedestrian access off of Brookline Avenue through an area that had been used for Red Sox parking. In addition, new access to Maitland Street and Beacon Street was created, as well as a bike share station and new waiting areas with canopies and windscreens. The new Yawkey Station will provide more convenient, safer and more comfortable access to thousands of people living, working or visiting the Fenway neighborhood.
“I am proud to say that Yawkey Commuter Rail station is now fully accessible to all wishing to use its services,” said MBTA GM Dr. Beverly Scott. “This is another important step in making the entire MBTA system fully ADA compliant.”
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