Governor Deval Patrick today joined Congressman Michael Capuano, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and state and local officials to announce the groundbreaking for the $15.9 million Talbot Commuter Rail Station, as part of the MBTA Fairmount Commuter Rail Line Rehabilitation Project.
The project will create an estimated 120 jobs, with project completion scheduled for 2013.
Talbot Avenue Station marks the third of four commuter rail stations under construction as part of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line Rehabilitation Project. Similar to the Four Corners/Geneva station presently under construction, the Talbot Avenue Station will include new high level platforms, canopies, passenger shelters, benches and windscreens, and electronic message signs. Sidewalks adjacent to the station will be reconstructed with new wheelchair ramps at major intersections.
The Talbot Avenue and Woodrow Avenue railroad bridges will be replaced in conjunction with the project in late 2011. The 9.2 mile Fairmount Commuter Rail Line runs from South Station through Dorchester and Hyde Park terminating in the Readville. It is the only MBTA Commuter Rail Line that exclusively serves the City of Boston.
Launched in 2005, Phase I of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Rehabilitation Project is complete, including the rehabilitation of Upham's Corner and Morton stations and bridges reconstruction and improvements. 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; Talbot Avenue Station; and Newmarket Station. The fourth, Blue Hill Avenue Station, to be located in Mattapan, is currently in design.