As the design for a new Four Corners station on the MBTA's Fairmount Line nears completion, and funding trickles in from the state, a gap between the community and the MBTA's intentions for the project is becoming more apparent.
The T presented the 60 percent stage of the Four Corners design last Wednesday, only to hear a short list of demands from the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition. Many of the same demands were made at previous meetings, but some have not yet had an affect on architectural drawings for the project. Read more
An MBTA rendering shows the planned archway at the new Mattapan Square station.
Two MBTA station renovations that lost certain design features due to budget cuts are being reunited with their finishing touches. At Mattapan Station, an archway that was never built is back on the drawing board and at Shawmut, a new ceiling and column caps will complete the feel of a new space. Read more
The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition met to inspect the MBTA's 30 percent completed plans for the Four Corners commuter rail station on the Fairmount Line last Wednesday, Sept. 5. Neighbors who showed up approved the station's location, with platforms on either side of Geneva Avenue, but demanded more disabled access features, more walkways, local labor on construction crews, and more.
"We really don't put elevators at unmanned stations," replied MBTA planning director Joe Cosgrove to one demand. "The question is, who maintains it?"
"The T," someone yelled out. Read more
Jul. 25, 2007
It's just before eight o'clock on a cool summer morning at the Morton Street stop along the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line. Just last week, in this very spot, elected and transit officials from the city and state smiled broadly and cut a ribbon to mark the official re-opening of the Morton Street stop.
But this morning there are no ceremonial scissors. No cameras. No excitement. Just commuters readying themselves to face another day at work. Read more
Jun. 13, 2007
With construction on the Fields Corner MBTA station nearing completion, city officials took the time Tuesday night in Fields Corner to discuss with the community some newly proposed plans for the streets and areas around the station. The new plans, presented by Dick Hardy of the Boston Transportation Department, pertain to parking and traffic flow problems in the area. Read more
A modest crowd came indoors on a beautiful spring evening Monday to participate in a forum sponsored by state elected officials who represent communities along the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line, the aging MBTA rail line poised to undergo a major renovation project. The forum was co-sponsored by state Sen. Jack Hart, and state Representatives Liz Malia and Marie St. Fleur. Read more
Governor Deval Patrick signed a $1.47 billion Immediate Needs Bond Bill late last week that included $100 million for the Big Dig's Clean Air Act payback, the State Implementation Plan (SIP). The Fairmount Commuter Rail improvements project is one of four projects in the SIP required to be completed by 2011, but there is still no official word on how much money will go to which project or when. Read more
Forget the boy who cried wolf. MBTA officials have announced and delayed the re-opening of Savin Hill Station at least four times prior to their current promise of July 31, and that record of credibility has left more than a handful of Savin Hill residents reluctant to rush out and buy a T pass.
As contractors put the finishing touches on the renovated and newly handicapped accessible train platforms, regulars on the shuttle bus from the interim Dot Ave. stop to JFK/UMass Station offered their thoughts on the MBTA vow that the station will open July 31. Read more
The MBTA, which plans to close Uphams Corner Station for a year during renovation, met Tuesday with resistance from residents confused about the transit agency's plans for replacement service.
The Dudley Street station, slated to close May 1 for extensive upgrades to its accessibility and passenger platforms, is part of a broader T strategy to modernize the Fairmount - or "Indigo" - Line, with $35 million budgeted for Uphams Corner and Morton Street stations, and a new station at Four Corners pending. Read more