The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in the US has announced plans to refurbish the Natick Center Station on the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line.
The $36m project has received approval from the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board.
The refurbished station will be equipped with two elevators, two accessible ramps and three new stairways.
For safer and easier boarding, full-length, high-level platforms will replace the platforms on the ground level.
The scope of work also includes replacing the existing pedestrian bridge, rebuilding the canopies and bicycle parking and installing better signage, wayfinding and emergency lighting.
The inbound track will also be raised to prevent drainage and flooding issues along with drainage infrastructure overhaul.
MBTA general manager Steve Poftak said: “We’re really excited to get this project started and provide our Natick area customers with a modern, fully accessible Commuter Rail facility.
“Combined with the MBTA’s recent order of 80 new bi-level passenger coaches, major infrastructure improvements such as these will allow us to provide Commuter Rail riders with the level of service they expect and deserve.”
The construction of the station will take place in phases over the 30-month period to avoid disruption of services.
The Notice for Proceed is expected to be issued in December.
In September, MBTA awarded a $278.5m contract to Hyundai Rotem to deliver 80 double-deck coaches.
In August, MBTA introduced the first Orange Line train into service featuring six new CRRC-built cars.
In July, MBTA started the construction of the South Coast Rail project.