Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to break ground on the $13.5 million Yawkey Commuter Rail Station reconstruction project, a key public transportation component of the $450 million Fenway Center development.
When completed, Yawkey Station will be a full-service commuter rail station with full-length accessible station platforms providing access from Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue and more than doubling service on the Worcester-Framingham Commuter Rail Line from 17 to 40 stops per day. The station construction is expected to create 150-200 jobs.
The planned Fenway Center development project includes air rights development over Interstate 90 and will create significant pedestrian and green space improvements while providing transit and office space in the Longwood Medical and Fenway area. The project includes more than 330 apartments, 370,000 square feet of office space, 150,000 square feet of retail space, more than 30,000 square feet of park space, and more than 1,000 parking spaces.
Construction on the station will begin this year with completion slated for spring 2012. An extension of Yawkey Way will connect the station with shuttle buses that serve the Longwood Medical Area, creating an intermodal connection for thousands of employees. A bicycle share station and bicycle racks are also planned as part of the project.
The new Yawkey Station will be powered entirely by solar power, making it the Commonwealth’s first net-zero energy rail station. The solar power, transit improvements, bike amenities, and improved pedestrian connections support “GreenDOT,” a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative to make the Patrick-Murray Administration's MassDOT a national leader in “greening” the state transportation system.
Intermodal transit projects are a part of the more than $4 billion infrastructure investments being made through the Administration's Massachusetts Works initiative putting nearly 20,000 people to work across the Commonwealth this construction season.