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9/12/2005


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MBTA to rebuild Morton Street station




The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) recently awarded a $6.5 million contract to S&R Construction Co. to reconstruct the Morton Street commuter-rail station in Mattapan.

The contractor will demolish the stationís walls and platforms, and build elevated train platforms featuring steel canopies, a pedestrian bridge, sidewalks, ramps and stairways. S&R also will add benches, and install lighting, drainage systems, landscaping and new signage.

The project is part of MBTAís plans to rebuild and expand the nine-mile Fairmount Line. The authority is spending more than $37 million to complete Phase I, which includes renovating and rehabilitating stations, bridges, tracks and signals. Phase II includes constructing new stations at four Corners, Talbot Avenue, Blue Hill Avenue and the Newmarket area. The project will help MBTA triple ridership between South Station and Readville.

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