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Fairmount Commuter Rail Station Opens

Jul 18, 2013

This past Wednesday, July 17, Mayor Menino joined Governor Deval Patrick, MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey and MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott to officially open the Four Corners Commuter Rail Station and celebrate recent improvements made along the entire Fairmount Commuter Rail line. Due to the hard work and dedication from neighborhood organizations and city, state, and federal agencies, a culmination of years of work has resulted in new stations and improvements along the rail line through Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. "We all know that reliable public transportation translates into jobs, economic opportunity and a higher quality of life," said Governor Patrick. "I am proud of the tremendous process we have made in improving the Fairmount Lind, but there is more to do to give our residents the 21st century transportation system they deserve. We will continue the fight for reliable roads and bridges, and an efficient and affordable public transportation system,” said Governor Patrick. “Public transportation is a huge economic issue. So this effort is about more than extending a rail line – it’s about reducing the unemployment line,” said Mayor Menino. “It’s about bringing new jobs, new investments, and new opportunities to the 130,000 Bostonians who live along the Fairmount Line. I’m proud that by working together with the MBTA and the community, we’re generating improvements that will give residents better access to good, quality public transportation.” [caption id="attachment_11385" align="alignright" width="300"]Four Corners_OpeningTMM Mayor Thomas M. Menino greets the crowd[/caption] MassDOT and the MBTA held 2 additional official openings along the line celebrating the new Talbot Avenue Commuter Rail Station and the Newmarket Commuter Rail Station. Construction on Blue Hill Ave, the 4th  new station, is expected to begin later this summer.  The station locations were chosen to support improved bus service by reducing overcrowding on existing buses, relieve traffic congestion, and provide alternative modes of transportation for neighborhood residents. [caption id="attachment_11390" align="alignright" width="224"]photo An edited schedule now includes the Four Corners T-Stop along with others on the Fairmount Line[/caption] “Investment in our communities is critical and I believe that the new stations… allow much needed access to economic opportunities. I commend Governor Patrick, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the MBTA for their hard work creating a batter transportation system for our Commonwealth,” said Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. The Fairmount Line is another significant investment a part of the Patrick Administration’s efforts to improve the MBTA’s long neglected existing infrastructure. The Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative (FIPI) is currently the BRA's largest planning study.  The 9 mile Corridor runs from South Station through Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan to Hyde Park.  The FIPI is focused on building the neighborhoods by connecting them to economic opportunities, jobs, transit, and housing.  The Forum was held Saturday at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center.    

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