Orient Heights Station
The Orient Heights Station Project will make the station fully accessible to all passengers, as well as make other large scale improvements to modernize the station.
The station was originally constructed in 1952 and has deteriorated over the years. The current construction work includes the installation of a new overhead pedestrian bridge, installation of four elevators and two escalators, new mechanical and power systems, a renovated train operations building, new platforms and improvements to the bus access areas. This work is necessary to comply with ADA regulations to provide accessibility to all MBTA patrons as well as to comply with current state codes and MBTA standards.
The station has been designed by AECOM USA, Inc. to be consistent with MassDOT's "GreenDOT" policy. The MassDOT Board of Directors authorized the award of the contract to Barletta Heavy Division (BHD) in October 2011. BHD was issued a Notice to Proceed (NTP) on December 7, 2011.
The station was closed to MBTA patrons on March 23, 2013, with Blue Line trains running through the station. The shutdown allowed for the demolition and subsequent reconstruction of the pedestrian bridge and the station platforms and canopies. The station was reopened with full accessibility on November 26, 2013.
The contractor recently completed the train operations building and continues work in other non-public areas such as the traction power substation and the signal tower. Construction work in these areas and additional signage, landscaping, and various construction change order activities will continue through late 2014. Project completion is currently scheduled for early 2015.