New MBTA commuter station to open Friday

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SALEM, Mass. – The new $44.5 million Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Salem Intermodal Station will open to the public on Oct. 24. A new nine-car, high-level platform will provide direct accessible access to trains, and includes two large elevators to downtown Salem and a new parking garage. Construction will continue on the project with construction barriers around areas such as the enclosed waiting room, bike cage and Phase II of the platforms.

Station access includes an at-grade bus platform, taxi lane and kiss-and-ride drop-off/pick-up area, pedestrian sidewalks, and a pedestrian bridge from Bridge Street to the elevators and stairs down to the platform. Improvements include upgrades to seating, lighting, signage systems, and landscaping. The project includes rehabilitation of the historic Salem interlocking tower nearby.

The station is on MBTA’s Newburyport/Rockport Line. Immediately south of Salem, the train tracks enter the Salem Tunnel, which carries trains underneath Washington Street in Salem.

The Federal Transit Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management, the city of Salem, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the MBTA provided funding for the project.

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