FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Julia Lucivero
Auburndale Accessibility Project Included in MassDOT Capital Investment Plan
Newton Commuter Rail Stop Funded in FY2017-FY2021 CIP
BOSTON, MA – Representative Kay Khan is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has included the Auburndale Commuter Rail Accessibility project in their draft of the FY2017-FY2021 Capital Investment Plan (CIP). This Newton project, which was previously approved up to 100% design and scheduled for a finalized design by October 2016, will now have the financial support from CIP funding to see the entire project through to fruition pending the final vote of The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) five-member Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB), appointed by Governor Baker. Representative Khan has worked to make this station accessible for the last thirteen years.
The MBTA and each MassDOT agency must identify and prioritize the most beneficial investments that will help meet long-term goals for mobility, sustainability and broad-based prosperity in the Commonwealth. These investments are funded through the Capital Investment Program (CIP), which uses state and federal funding to pay for long-term improvements to the transportation system. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) plan, fund, design, construct, and maintain transportation assets that enable the Commonwealth and its people and economy to flourish.
Currently this station, along with the two other Newton commuter rail stations, are inaccessible and dangerous to the disabled, senior citizens, young families with infants and strollers, as well as the average commuter. Rep. Khan has secured funding for this project in past bond bills and there has also been partial federal appropriations utilized through collaboration with Congressman Barney Frank’s office. The preliminary study and design was spurred by Representative Khan’s request for assistance from then Congressman Frank to provide startup funding for the project.
The first public community meeting regarding this project was held in July of 2013. Now that this project is part of the CIP, there will be a series of public meetings so that citizens may voice and submit their opinions or support for all projects on the proposed CIP.
The development of the Auburndale Commuter Rail Station is an essential upgrade for the residents of Newton and will greatly benefit the village of Auburndale.
FY2017-FY2021 Capital Investment Plan Documents:
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