The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) celebrated the ribbon-cutting of the new $20-million Boston Landing Commuter Rail Station on MBTA’s Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line, restoring commuter rail service to the Allston-Brighton community for the first time since the 1960s. The service will be effective for riders on May 22.
Attending the ceremony were Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, and executives from New Balance, which privately funded the new station. New Balance will also continue to pay for all maintenance costs of the station for the first 10 years of its service.
“The opening of Boston Landing Station highlights a successful collaboration between the state, city, and New Balance to expand development and transit opportunities for the Allston-Brighton community,” remarked Governor Baker. “Rewarding projects such as this one spur local economic development and community growth as we continue to prioritize investments that make our public transit system more reliable for riders.”
The Boston Landing Station features a canopied single center platform and accessible elevators and ramps. The station will be the seventeenth on the Framingham/Worcester Rail Line, which has undergone infrastructure improvements such as a restored double-track and the replacement of more than 50,000 rail ties.
Lieutenant Governor Polito said, “Strong public and private partnerships are working together to improve reliability and transit options for the communities served by this line and the whole system. The addition of Boston Landing Station, along with infrastructure and schedule improvements, will help deliver greater performance for residents and employees of this neighborhood, and all along the Framingham/Worcester Line.”
Construction of the station began in October 2015 and was financed by public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development. Boston Landing Station is part of the 15-acre, 2.15 million square foot Boston Landing Development site. Significant improvements to local public roadway and infrastructure are also planned.
“We’re excited for the completion of Boston Landing Station and to open it to the Allston-Brighton community,” said Brian Shortsleeve, MBTA chief administrator and acting general manager. “Through this public-private partnership and the use of pre-existing rail infrastructure, we’re able to provide a new transit option that makes it easier than ever for people to travel to and from downtown Boston.”