MBTA to open new station on Fitchburg Line

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BOSTON — Passengers will be able to use a new station on the Fitchburg Line at the end of September. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority says the Wachusett commuter rail station will open with limited train service on Sept. 30.

The partial opening will allow workers to finish final elements of the station’s construction. Full service will begin in November.

There will be two inbound and two outbound trains each day. Inbound Train 410 will depart Wachusett at 8 a.m. and inbound Train 424 will depart at 5:22 p.m. Outbound Train 401 will depart at 7:48 a.m. and outbound Train 415 will depart at 5:08 p.m.

The Wachusett extension project extends the Fitchburg line commuter rail service five miles to the west. The new station is Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible and includes parking for 360 cars. The project included upgrades to tracks, signals, and bridges on the existing Pan Am Southern rail line, along with the construction of a new train layover facility at the end of the commuter rail line.

The $93 million project was funded in part by a $59.2 million TIGER grant.

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