Governor’s MBTA improvements should extend to suburban commuters
BOSTON– Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) requested capital improvements funding for MBTA commuter rail stations throughout the Middlesex and Worcester district from the Baker administration, addressed to the Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack and MBTA officials. The train stations focused on in the letter are located in Acton, Littleton, Shirley, and Southborough.
“With the increased focus on reform to the MBTA, and identifying areas of unspent funds by the Baker administration, I am hopeful that transportation officials will consider upgrading the quality of services to meet the needs of commuters that rely on the MBTA to get to and from work, school and home throughout the Middlesex and Worcester District,” said Senator Eldridge.
Since Eldridge was first elected to the Massachusetts Legislature in 2002, he has focused his energies on capital improvements to the Fitchburg and Worcester commuter rail lines. Over the past eight years, over $300 million of federal and state funds have been dedicated to comprehensive improvements to the Fitchburg line, and the state purchasing the Worcester line.
The specific projects Senator Eldridge advocated are listed below. Senator Eldridge’s letter to the Baker administration can be viewed here.
• Complete Streets initiative for walking, driving, bicycling, and public transport
• Improve street intersections around the station, especially Main & Central and Main & Maple
• Improved traffic safety for Maple, Martin, and Stow Streets
• Commuter Rail Shuttle support
• Sidewalks, especially on Stow Street and the north side of Maple Street
• Expanding parking for commuters, and improved shuttle service
• Lighting for the parking lot. Paving of extra parking spots
• Stairway and platform repair. Pedestrian crossover. Set of stairs on a path that pedestrians walk down a hill on
• Additional bike racks