MBTA General Manager Rich Davey today joined local officials to celebrate the $68.3 million State Street Station modernization project. The station now has two new fully accessible entrances and provides a seamless connection between the Blue and Orange Line. Approximately 12,500 customers travel through State Street station each weekday.
The Blue Line State Street Station project is a major renovation including the lengthening of platforms to accommodate six-car trains. The work required relocation of all existing street utilities, demolition of abandoned city foundations, and the construction of 300 feet of additional station tunnel.
To bring the station into ADA compliance, two new fully accessible entrances and accessible corridors along State Street were constructed. The entrances include new stairs, elevators, and station support spaces with underground access, and automated fare collection equipment. In addition, a new accessible corridor connects the inbound platform of the Blue Line to the outbound platform of the Orange Line providing access to the newly installed elevator system that connects all levels of the station for ADA compliance.
In 1989, to comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), the MBTA initiated the Light Rail Accessibility Project to make the transit system accessible to all persons with disabilities. ADA requires that certain key stations be made accessible. The MBTA Key Station Plan, which was approved by the Federal Transit Administration, includes 80 key stations that must be in compliance with ADA guidelines. Today, 78 MBTA key stations are in compliance including State Street.
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