Blue Hill Ave Construction Will Impact Fairmount Line beginning June 3
BOSTON – Construction of the new Blue Hill Avenue Station on the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line will take place on weekends and in the evening weekday hours beginning Saturday, June 3, for up to twenty-four months. During this time, weekend Fairmount Line trains will be replaced with dedicated shuttle buses between Morton Street and Readville Stations in both directions. Train service will be uninterrupted between Morton Street and South Station, in both directions. On weeknights, the last two outbound Fairmount Line trains from South Station will be replaced with dedicated shuttle buses serving all stops between South Station and Readville.
“When Blue Hill Avenue Station opens, Commuter Rail customers will be provided with a direct ride to downtown Boston in twenty minutes with no transfers needed,” said MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. “These continued construction efforts on the Station signal the MBTA’s commitment to providing even more transportation options within the Mattapan area and continuing to improve the Fairmount Line.”
Beginning June 3 and continuing from start to end of service every Saturday and Sunday for up to twenty-four months, Fairmount Line trains will operate between South Station and Morton Street Station with substitute bus shuttle service replacing trains between Morton Street, Fairmount, and Readville Stations on a forthcoming published schedule.
Beginning Monday, June 5, and continuing every weekday for up to twenty-four months, the last two outbound-only Fairmount Line trains (Train Nos. 787 and 789 that depart at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively) will be replaced with dedicated bus shuttles from South Station, making all station stops.
The construction of Blue Hill Avenue Station is part of more than $200 million in Fairmount Line investments, including the opening of Talbot Avenue Station in 2012, the opening of Newmarket and Four Corners/Geneva Avenue Stations in 2013, bridge replacements, and significant rail and tie replacement work. As the ninth station on the Fairmount Line, Blue Hill Avenue Station will be located approximately six-and-a-half miles from South Station and a quarter mile from Mattapan Square, featuring a center-island platform and two covered, fully accessible pedestrian ramps. The Station’s construction contract was awarded to McCourt Construction in January 2017 in the amount of $16.97 million. Blue Hill Avenue Station is expected to open to Fairmount Line customers in 2019 after a two-year construction period.
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