The Fiscal and Management Control Board of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has approved a $17.8 million contract to MAS Building and Bridge, Inc., to consolidate 4 existing Green Line B Branch stations into 2 new stations.
The new stations will allow for faster trips, provide new platforms that will accommodate low-floor, 3-car train sets, and feature new shelters/canopies, new communications and safety/security systems, lighting, signage and benches. The work includes demolition of the existing 4 stations.
“Consolidating these 4 stations into 2 provides multiple benefits to our B branch customers, including improved station spacing for more consistent time between trains, faster trips down Comm. Ave. to improve reliability, and low-level-vehicle compatibility to improve accessibility,” said Steve Poftak, MBTA general manager. “While customers will be able to experience these benefits by the fall of 2021, these improvements also set the stage for the transformation of the Green Line as the new stations’ larger platforms will accommodate the new longer cars in procurement for the Green Line.”
Construction will begin in fall 2020 and is expected to be completed in fall 2021.