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MBTA marks completion of privately funded commuter-rail station

Local officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new station.
Photo – Gov. Baker's Twitter account


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday joined local elected officials to mark the completion of the $20 million Boston Landing commuter-rail station.
Footwear manufacturer New Balance financed the station's construction and will continue to pay for all maintenance costs over the next 10 years, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) officials said in a press release.

The stop is next to the company's world headquarters.

Located on the MBTA's Framingham-Worcester Line, the new station will open for passengers May 22. The MBTA in May 2015 broke ground on the project.

The station's completion comes as part of the 2.15-million-square-foot Boston Landing Development site, which at full buildout will include new office, retail and residential space. The commuter-rail stop features a canopied single platform, escalators and elevators.

The station will restore commuter-rail service to Boston's Allston-Brighton neighborhood for the first time since the 1960s. The stop will be served by six morning peak-hour trains and another six afternoon rush-hour trains.

"Through this public-private partnership and the use of pre-existing rail infrastructure, we're able to provide a new transit option that makes it easier than ever for people to travel to and from downtown Boston," said MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve.

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