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Massachusetts seeks proposals for MBTA station


The state of Massachusetts has issued a request for proposals for a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter-rail station at the South Bay Shopping Center in Roxbury, Mass.

The $12 million station, a new stop on the Fairmount Line, will be located north of the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge. The facility is one of four new stations to be built on the commuter-rail line.

During the next two years, MBTA expects to spend more than $140 million on the new stations and to repair six railroad bridges, according to a news article posted on the agency’s website.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is continuing a scientific study of airflow throughout the underground portion of MBTA’s subway system. The first portion of the study was conducted in December.

The purpose of the study is to gather data on the behavior of airborne contaminants if they were to be released into the subway, MBTA officials said in a prepared statement.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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