Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has broken ground on a new $44.5m commuter rail station in Salem, Massachusetts, US.
The new rail project is intended to provide a fully accessible intermodal commuter rail station including a new garage with accessible parking on all five levels and electric car parking, zip car parking, motorcycle parking and bicycle parking.
The project will include a five-level parking facility with space for approximately 700 vehicles, which is scheduled to open by 1 October 2014.
MBTA believes the new commuter station and parking facility will support higher-frequency MBTA Commuter Rail service.
Massachusetts State Senator Joan Lovely said that along with the garage going up in Beverly, the project in Salem will further solidify the North Shore as a convenient place for commuters to call home.
Milford-based Consigli Construction secured the construction contract for the Salem commuter rail station and parking garage facilities in December 2012.
Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll said that as the busiest commuter rail station on the line, Salem has long been in need of an appropriate, multi-modal transit hub, to anchor the downtown, accommodate commuters, and serve as a suitable first impression of the city for visitors
"I am very much looking forward to the new platform and garage opening next fall," Driscoll added.
Salem Station is the second-busiest on MBTA’s Commuter Rail system with 2,400 boardings per day.
The new rail project design promotes future transit-oriented development opportunities by providing for future development on the nearby City of Salem site and over the bus and vehicle driveways to the riverfront.
Image: MBTA breaks ground on Salem’s new commuter rail station. Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.