MBTA Board Awards Contract for New Commuter Rail Station

The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management
Control Board approved a $32.3 million contract that will result in the
relocation and construction of a new, fully-accessible Chelsea Commuter Rail
Station.

When complete, the new Chelsea Station will
be an intermodal facility that connects the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail
Lines to the Silver Line 3-Chelsea service, which began operating in
April 2018.

“This is a key investment in our Commuter
Rail infrastructure that will allow for faster boarding and improved
accessibility for people of all abilities,” said MBTA General Manager Steve
Poftak. “Once complete, the new station will serve as a multimodal connection
that will give our customers the choice of traveling to North Station on the
Commuter Rail or South Station on SL3 from a single point.”

Featuring high-level platforms, canopies,
benches, and windscreens, the brand new station will also include new
sidewalks, landscaping, stairways, lighting, communications systems, and
structures for maintenance and bus operations personnel. The project also
includes the demolition of the existing Chelsea Station, upgrades to railroad
signal systems, and new traffic signal system installations at local
intersections.

The project to construct and relocate
Chelsea Station aims to relieve traffic congestion and overcrowding on existing
area bus routes in Chelsea while also providing better transit options to
environmental justice populations through improved accessibility to employment
opportunities in downtown Boston and the Seaport district.

The project also includes the installation
of transit signal priority improvements for the SL3-Chelsea along with improved
operational efficiency and the incorporation of green operations elements at
the new Chelsea Station. Greenhouse gas emissions will also be reduced by
increasing the transit mode share and decreasing the idle time of commuter rail
and BRT vehicles.

The Chelsea Commuter Rail Station Project
was advertised in February 2019 with bids open in April 2019. After six bids
were received, the Chelsea Commuter Rail Station contract was awarded to A.A.
Will Corporation for $32,367,200.

Construction
could start as early as this summer, with project completion estimated for late
2021.

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MBTA Board Awards Contract for New Commuter Rail Station

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