Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined state and local officials on a tour of the MBTA Fairmount Corridor’s Newmarket Commuter Rail Station construction site.
The Newmarket district is the largest industrial area within the City of Boston and home to over 1,000 businesses, 16,000 jobs, and $4 billion in annual revenues. The completed $7.6 million Newmarket Station will be a destination linking people to jobs and promoting a more attractive area for business location.
“As we strategically invest in infrastructure across the state, improvements to the Fairmount Line will support one of the busiest transportation corridors in the Metro Boston area,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “The investments at Newmarket Station and other stations along the Fairmount Line will not only create construction jobs but also spur economic growth beyond the construction phase in neighborhoods surrounding this part of the city.”
Newmarket Station is the final of four commuter rail stations under construction as part of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line Rehabilitation Project. The new station will include 800-foot high level platforms to facilitate direct platform-to-coach boarding , canopies, passenger shelters, benches and windscreens, and electronic message signs.
Today marks the completion of phase I of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Rehabilitation Project begun in 2005, including the rehabilitation of Upham’s Corner and Morton stations; the reconstruction of three bridges; the implementation of new interlocking; and the de-leading and painting of neighborhood bridges. Phase II involves the construction of four new commuter rail stations with three of four station projects now underway: Four Corners/Geneva slated for completion in 2012; and Talbot Avenue and Newmarket Stations slated for completion in 2013. Blue Hill Avenue Station to be located in Mattapan is currently in design.
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