Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan joined state and local officials for the groundbreaking for the $17.7-million Four Corners/Geneva Commuter Rail station project. As part of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line Rehabilitation Project, the Four Corners/Geneva station is one of four new commuter rail stations to be built along the corridor.
Corridor is a vital transit link between Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods
that has long awaited improvement," said Governor Deval Patrick. "This investment will not only
provide residents with new transit options, but will also bring opportunities
for economic growth to nearby communities."
administration understands the importance of reliable public transportation
options for communities across the Commonwealth," said Lieutenant Governor
Timothy Murray. "This
groundbreaking is a pivotal step forward as we redevelop the Fairmount Corridor
and deliver more commuter rail options for Boston and its surrounding
"This new station will
provide both neighborhood residents and others with the opportunity to use
commuter rail as a quick and efficient option for traveling into downtown
Boston," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "People will now have another way of visiting the
multitude of restaurants, retail establishments and other businesses located in
both Four Corners and downtown. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to
work with the MBTA on the development of this project and I am looking forward
to joining the Dorchester community to mark its completion."
"Today’s groundbreaking is
an important step toward providing equitable transit to the Four Corners/Geneva
neighborhood," said Congressman Mike Capuano. "I am pleased that the Massachusetts Department of
Transportation is moving forward today on this project, and I look forward to
similar progress along the rest of the Fairmount Line."
Work on the Four Corners/Geneva
station will include the construction of brand new high-level platforms with
detectable warning strips, new canopies, access ramps, passenger shelters,
electronic message signs and pedestrian-friendly walkways.
Amenities at the new
station will include closed circuit television video surveillance cameras,
police emergency call box systems,
public telephones and an off street drop-off/pick-up area at both the
Washington Street and Geneva Avenue entrances. The project is expected to be completed in 2012.
Launched in 2005, the
Fairmount Commuter Rail Rehabilitation Project continues to transform the
nine-mile long corridor, which is the only commuter rail line located
exclusively in the City of Boston and extending from South Station through
Dorchester and Hyde Park.
With an investment of $3-million in state
funds, Phase I of the project is complete 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 II consists of the
design and construction of four brand new stations at Talbot Avenue, Blue Hill
Avenue, Newmarket, and Four Corners/Geneva, presently under way.