.@CityofNewtonMA @NewtonMAMayor calling for frequent, all-day commuter rail service with reconstruction of their 3 stations, highlighting TOD investments already in the pipeline that depend on it pic.twitter.com/eG2iruzmpt
— TransitMatters (@transitmatters) May 7, 2018
Jenna Fisher of the Patch reports that Mayor Fuller spoke to the MBTA control board today to make the case for upgrades to provide accessible, frequent transportation at all three of Newton’s Commuter Rail stations. In addition to advocating for Newton residents who need better access to transit, she made it clear that improved service is key to the Washington Street corridor vision to support future development.
The article reports new cost estimates for upgrading all three stations ranging from $46-55M, but does not explain the how the MBTA’s recent accessibility plan to redesign the Auburndale Station alone was rejected as wasteful and counterproductive, thanks to advocacy of the Transit Matters group. It will be interesting to see how the T’s new plans compare with the Transit Matters $11M counter-proposal from earlier this year.