Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott recently joined state and local officials to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new MBTA Salem Commuter Rail Station.
“I am thrilled that we are delivering to Salem area residents a bigger, brighter, better and more convenient station and parking facility,” said Scott. “I know this project has been a long time coming and I want to thank our state legislators past and present and the mayor for their tireless advocacy and support for funding in bringing this project from the drawing board to reality.”
The $44.5-million station project will include a new five-level parking facility holding approximately 700 vehicles and facilitate future Transit-Oriented Development opportunities on nearby MBTA and city of Salem sites. The MBTA has made a commitment to the city to open the new garage for parking by October 1, 2014, for the 2014 Halloween season.
“Along with the garage going up in Beverly, this project in Salem will further solidify the North Shore as a convenient place for commuters to call home,” said Sen. Joan Lovely. “I’m very appreciative to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for planning this garage construction in such a methodical and considerate way. I would also like to thank my predecessor, former Sen. Fred Berry, for being instrumental in making this project come to fruition.”
The project will provide a fully-accessible intermodal commuter rail station along with a new garage with accessible parking on all five levels and electric car parking, Zip Car parking, motorcycle parking and bicycle parking.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors in December 2012 approved the construction contract for the Salem Commuter Rail Station and Parking Garage. Consigli Construction, Inc., is the project contractor.