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MBTA, TransLink ready new commuter-rail stations

Construction of the new Blue Hill commuter station in Boston, Massachusetts, which features a platform canopy, completed construction in 2019.
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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and TransLink are opening new stations to serve commuter-rail riders.

MBTA yesterday opened the Blue Hill Avenue Station to Fairmount Line riders in Boston after a 24-month construction project. The station features a center-island platform and two covered, fully accessible pedestrian ramps. There is also way finding and service messaging signage, video surveillance equipment and emergency call boxes.

For more information on the station and its schedule, visit

In the coming weeks, TransLink will open a newly upgraded Surrey Central station house in Surrey, British Columbia, to accommodate increasing ridership. 

Station construction began in 2017. It was the last of seven station upgrades in TransLink's Expo Line upgrade program.

The CA$24 million budget — provided in part by the Canadian government (CA$3.2 million), the government of British Columbia (CA$6.8 million) and TransLink (CA$14.3 million) — allowed the addition of two new entrances, three escalators, one elevator, three staircases, a public art piece, retail space, lighting, and glass walls to improve design, safety and security.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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