For Immediate Release - December 07, 2011

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY TOURS FAIRMOUNT CORRIDOR’S NEWMARKET STATION CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

New Destination Station promotes the Commonwealth’s and City of Boston’s initiative to support sustainable communities and urban industrial areas

Newmarket Station
Lieutenant Governor Murray toured the Fairmount Commuter Rail Rehabilitation Project to highlight infrastructure improvements and business development.Fairmount Newmarket Station. (Photo Credit: Scott Eisen / Governor's Office) View Additional Photos.

 

BOSTON – Wednesday, December 7, 2011- Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined state and local officials on a tour of the Fairmount Corridor’s Newmarket Commuter Rail Station construction site to discuss the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to enhancing public transportation services. Situated in the heart of Boston, the Newmarket district is the largest industrial area within the City of Boston and home to more than 1,000 businesses, 16,000 jobs and $4 billion in annual revenues. Once complete, Newmarket station, a $7.6 million investment, will be a destination station, linking people to jobs and a more opportunities for businesses to locate.

“As we strategically invest in infrastructure across the state, improvements to the Fairmount Line will support one of the busiest transportation corridors in the Metro Boston area,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “The investments at Newmarket Station and other stations along the Fairmount Line will not only create construction jobs but also spur economic growth beyond the construction phase in neighborhoods surrounding this part of the city.”

Newmarket Station marks the last of four commuter rail stations under construction as part of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line Rehabilitation Project. The brand new station will consist of 800-foot high level platforms to facilitate direct platform-to-coach boarding, canopies, passenger shelters, benches and windscreens and electronic message signs. The station will also be equipped with closed circuit video surveillance cameras, police emergency call box systems and public telephones.

"With the support of the Patrick-Murray Administration the revitalization of the Fairmount Commuter Rail corridor is on the fast track with three stations presently under construction,” said MassDOT Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard Davey. “The unique location of Newmarket Station sited in the largest industrial area within the City of Boston will provide people public transportation to thousands of businesses and contribute to the local economy.”

“We continue to focus on quality public transportation that provides people access to jobs, shopping and entertainment – all necessities that work to improve their quality of life,” said acting MBTA General Manager Jon Davis. “Newmarket station’s strategic location will promote public transportation as a convenient, user-friendly option for thousands of visitors to the area.”

Launched in 2005, today marked the completion of phase one of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Rehabilitation Project  including the rehabilitation of Upham’s Corner and Morton stations; the reconstruction of three bridges; the implementation of new interlocking; and the de-leading and painting of neighborhood bridges. Phase two involves the construction of four new commuter rail stations with three of four station projects now underway: Four Corners/Geneva slated for completion in 2012; and Talbot Avenue and Newmarket stations slated for completion in 2013. The fourth, Blue Hill Avenue Station to be located in Mattapan, is currently in design.

“The Newmarket Station will not only improve transportation and access to jobs, it will also serve as the stimulus to continued development in this area,” said Representative Carlos Henriquez. “A few blocks away there are parcels perfect for light manufacturing and an able bodied workforce ready for the opportunity.”

“I look forward to the addition of the Fairmount Corridor to our city," said Representative Nick Collins. “It will, undoubtedly, encourage development, strengthen small business and ensure that people feel connected to the rest of the city.”

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