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Kay Khan: MBTA OKs full design of accessible station in Auburndale

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NEWTON- State Rep. Kay Khan, D-Newton, announced last week that the MBTA has committed to completing design work on a fully accessible Auburndale commuter rail station.

The Auburndale station is one of three in Newton that are not handicap accessible. It currently sits at the 30 percent design phase and the new commitment will push the project through the standard 60- and 90-percent design phases and complete the design stage, according to a press release from Kahn office.

"I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Governor [Deval] Patrick and Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey, for prioritizing the completion of this project design and hopefully moving on to construction soon after," Khan said in a statement I would also like to thank Mayor Setti Warren and Senator Cynthia Creem for their continued support over the years for the Auburndale Station Project."

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, bringing the project to 30 percent design.