Salem Station Improvements and Parking Garage
The new Salem Station and Parking Garage will be fully accessible with a new 9-Car high level platform and a lobby with two elevators in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Station access includes an at-grade bus platform, taxi lane and kiss-and-ride drop-off/pick-up area, pedestrian sidewalks and a pedestrian bridge from Bridge Street to the elevators and stairs down to the platform. There will be station upgrades to seating, lighting, signage systems, site improvements and landscaping. The new parking garage is being designed with 714 spaces. The garage will include parking for electric vehicles, accessible parking on each level, zip car parking, motorcycle and bicycle parking, and a parking control system. The project will be implemented using the Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) alternative delivery method of procurement. The facility has been designed to comply with Executive Order 484 — Leading By Example: Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings. The garage is designed to use natural day-lighting and energy efficient lighting with an energy saving lighting control system.
The MBTA has worked closely with MassDOT and the City of Salem to design this Intermodal Facility to not preclude the possible future construction of a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) on the adjacent City of Salem surface parking lot
Construction of the Salem Station Improvements and Parking Garage project began on July 19th. The project is currently on schedule to open one-half of the new commuter rail raised platform in the spring of 2014 and the second half of the new commuter rail raised platform and parking garage in early fall 2014.
What to Expect:
On August 12, 2013 the MBTA Salem Station Washington Street main stairway and half of the existing platform (closest to Washington Street) were closed to begin demolition and major construction of the new platform and parking garage.
During the next three months customers can expect to see the large granite foundations from the old locomotive roundhouse and turntable removed and placed in storage. Also, large drill rigs will install an excavation support system along the tracks and the foundation piers and the soil stabilization stone piers for the new garage. Concrete foundations for the garage will be poured on the deep foundations and customers will see the construction progress as this work develops.
The contractor will maintain the walkways and update signage for any changes to site access.
The MBTA understands and regrets the inconvenience caused by construction, but the result will be a new high-level platform open in the spring of 2014 with a full length new high-level platform and parking garage in fall 2014.
During construction accessible parking is being maintained at the platform as well as accessible drop off with a Registry of Motor Vehicle Accessible Placard. Registry of Motor Vehicle Accessible Placard’s are available at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle website as follows:
Notifications of Public Meetings will be provided through announcements by the MBTA and MassDOT, in regional publications and on the City of Salem’s website. The next public meeting will be held in September or October to provide an update on the construction and to address construction issues.
Useful Informational Tools:
A full list of travel alternatives with details on cost and access is available on www.BuildingSalem.com and the public can visit the MBTA’s website - www.mbta.com - to sign up for “T Alerts” for the Newburyport/Rockport Line.