Last night it was announced that the MBTA has agreed to Acton’s proposed alternate design for the South Acton Train Station. This is incredible news for the Town of Acton, and all the commuters who use the South Acton Train Station.
Key features of the new design include dual side platforms, platform access from both sides of the station, and elevators and overhead bridge rather than ramps to accommodate crossing safely over the tracks. The modified design will encourage multimodal access to the station, including automobile, pedestrian, bicycle and shuttle services.
I am so proud of all of the hard work and advocacy that local leaders, my colleagues in the state legislature, Representatives Benson and Atkins, and residents of Acton and surrounding communities put into this effort. By working together we ensured that a vital piece of public transportation infrastructure will reflect the needs and values of our community and continue to be accessible and safe for everyone.
This is a good reminder that engaged citizens working together can make a real difference. Learn more about the citizen advocacy efforts here, or watch this video, created before last night’s announcement: