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MBTA and the Fairmount Corridor Improvements Program - Phase I


Brief Overview of the Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line

The Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line is the only Commuter Rail Branch that exclusively serves the City of Boston and MBTA's Urban Core. It currently runs from South Station south through the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and terminates in the Readville section of Hyde Park.
Fairmount Line
The Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line consists of the following:
  • Approximately 9.2 miles of track
  • Four stations (Uphams Corner, Morton Street, Fairmount, and Readville)
  • Forty-one bridges
The line is maintained by the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR) through contractual obligations. Currently the Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line does not provide weekend service.


Feasibility Study 2002

In October of 2002, a Feasibility Study was performed to identify a combination of existing infrastructure upgrades needed to maintain a “State of Good Repair” on the Fairmount Line. The identified upgrades which have since been completed. See photos below.
  • Rehabilitation of two (2) existing stations located at Uphams Corner and Morton Street

  • Reconstruction of six (6) bridges located as follows
    • Columbia Road
    • Quincy Street
    • Massachusetts Ave
    • Talbot Avenue
    • Woodrow Avenue
    • Neponset River
  • New construction of a track interlocking switching system
  • Upgrades to the existing signal system
  • De-leading, painting, and minor repair work to the bridges at
    • East Cottage Street
    • Dudley Street
    • Norfolk Avenue
    • Geneva Avenue


Station Rehabilitations Complete


The MBTA held station opening celebrations for both the Uphams Corner station and the Morton Street station.
  • Station opening and celebration at Uphams Corner on January 23, 2007.
  • Station opening and celebration at the Morton Street stations on July 17, 2007.
New elements at both stations include extended high-level passenger platforms for direct platform-to-coach boardings, accessible walkways, platform canopies, benches, railing systems, windscreens, signage, bicycle racks, variable messages signs, emergency call back systems, high intensity non-glare lighting, drop-off / pickup areas and landscaping.


Ridership and Revenues

The Feasibility Study also identified certain elements that would significantly increase ridership and revenues and potentially alleviate the issue of overcrowded buses along the Fairmount Corridor. In particular, the group identified a goal of constructing four new strategically located stations. (photos below)
  • Four Corners (between the Washington Street and Geneva Avenue Bridges),
  • Talbot Avenue (North of the Talbot Avenue Bridge),
  • Newmarket (North of the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge and adjacent to the now South Bay Shopping Center), and
  • Blue Hill Avenue (between the Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway Bridges).
The station locations were chosen to provide a higher quality level of bus service in a manner that will prevent overcrowding on existing buses, to relieve traffic congestion on main thoroughfares and to provide an alternative mode of transportation in creating “walk-to” stations for neighborhood residents along the corridor.

FAIRMOUNT PHASE I COMPLETED PROJECTS

Note:  Information and Photos Courtesy MBTA

MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
Dudley Street Bridge Rehabilitation
MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
East Cottage Street Bridge Rehabilitation

MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
Norfolk Ave Bridge Rehabilitation
MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
Geneva Ave Bridge Rehabilitation

MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
Uphams Corner Outbound Platform North
MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
Uphams Corner Outbound Sloped Walkway

MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
Morton Street Station Inbound Platform
MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
Morton Street Station Outbound Platform

MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
New Park Street Track Interlocking
MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
Columbia Road Bridge Reconstruction

MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
Quincy Street Bridge Reconstruction
MBTA - Fairmount Line Phase I Projects
Massachusetts Ave Bridge Reconstruction
Posted: September 16, 2012     Nancy J Conrad




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