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Chelsea Commuter Rail Station

A boring machine and Commuter Rail car outside of Chelsea Station

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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: Fall 2021
  • Budget: $37.7 million
  • Status: Construction

Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

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Project Features

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

What to Expect During Construction

Construction, which began in August 2019, includes utility work and drilling new foundations for the station platform and canopy.

Road Closures

We may need to close some roads while we replace railroad crossings. These detours will likely occur in Spring/Summer 2020. All pedestrian and bicycle access at SL3 stations will remain the same.

Service Shutdowns

We will need to shut down Commuter Rail service for 6 weekends in Spring/Summer 2020 while we work on traffic crossings at the following locations:

  • Everett Avenue
  • Third Street
  • Second Street
  • Eastern Avenue

These crossings, as well as Spruce Street and Arlington Street, will have improved busway transit signals upon opening. Shuttles will replace train service during the weekend shutdowns.

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

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Contact Us

For all questions and queries related to Chelsea Commuter Rail construction, please contact ChelseaStation@mbta.com

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Building a Better T

As part of our $8 billion, 5-year capital investment plan, we're renovating stations, modernizing fare collection systems, upgrading services for our buses, subways, and ferries, and improving the accessibility of the entire system.

Learn more

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