Over the past eleven years, Representative Khan and Congressman Barney Frank have been committed to working with the Newton legislative delegation and the MBTA (now MassDOT) to provide a handicapped accessible commuter rail station in Newton. The handicapped accessibility project currently being considered for the Auburndale Commuter Rail Station is a vital development for many residents of Newton. This station is inaccessible to the handicapped, young, families with infants needing strollers and senior citizens. There has been partial federal funding for this project from the 2008 omnibus appropriations bill for the design phase of the project.
On July 7, 2013, Rep. Khan along with MassDOT, held a community meeting for constituents to learn more about the Auburndale Commuter Rail Accessibility Project. Presenters included representatives from the architectural firm, and engineering team as well a representative from the MBTA who were all available for questions regarding the project.
They discussed the design of the new station and provided detailed information regarding the construction, the timeline and many other concerns raised by the community. Ultimately, the project was well received and the Representative looks forward to continuing the development and progress of this project in the near future.