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Chelsea Commuter Rail Station

Rendering of the new Chelsea Commuter Rail Station, with a closeup of the platform, canopy, and train pulled up.

The current Chelsea Commuter Rail station, on the Newburyport/Rockport Line at Arlington Street in Chelsea, is inconvenient for transfers to other modes, is not accessible to people with disabilities, and is in disrepair.

In 2019, we’re beginning to build an all-new, fully accessible Commuter Rail station next to the current SL3 stop in Chelsea. It’s expected to open in 2021, providing easy transfers to the Silver Line and a quick trip to or from Downtown Boston.

  • Contract awarded: May 2019
  • Projected completion: 2021
  • Budget: $32.4 million
  • Status: Construction

New Station Features

The new facility will provide a direct connection between the Newburyport/Rockport Line and SL3 service.

Features will include:

  • Full high-level platforms for level boarding
  • Canopies, benches, and windscreens for customer comfort
  • New sidewalks, stairways, and lighting
  • Modern communications systems
  • Maintenance and bus operations facilities
  • Landscaping

While building the new station, we will also:

  • Demolish the current Chelsea Commuter Rail Station
  • Upgrade the rail signal system and traffic crossings 
  • Install new traffic signals at intersections on Everett Avenue, Spruce Street, and Arlington Street
  • Improve the transit signal priority system for the SL3 in Chelsea
A rendering of the new Chelsea Commuter Rail Station, with a full view of the platfrom from afar

What to Expect During Construction

Construction, which began in August 2019, includes utility work and drilling new foundations for the station platform and canopy. There may be some road closures and traffic detours. All pedestrian and bicycle access at SL3 stations will remain the same. 

We will also be working on the traffic crossings at Everett Avenue, Third Street, and Second Street—most of this work will happen along the railroad right-of-way while service is running, but will need to shut down Commuter Rail service for 6 weekends between 2019 and 2021. 

Check back here for an updated work schedule, as well as information about bus shuttles. 

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