MBTA plans revamp of Natick train station

June 22, 2017 by  

The downtown commuter rail station in Natick is currently undergoing a redesign so it will be more accessible to people with disabilities.

According to Josh Ostroff, chairman of the Transportation Advisory Committee of the town, $80,000 was approved by Town Meeting five years ago to conduct a feasibility study and conceptual design. This enabled the current investment by the state in the redesign of the station.

Designers involved in the project include officials from the MBTA and the town and consultants, who will meet on a regular basis to look more closely at the current state of the station. The main issue is that the station is below street level and accessible only by stairs.

To make the station accessible to those with disabilities, among ideas under consideration are new stairs and ramps and the possibility of an elevator. Frank Astone of AECOM, an engineering firm that design, consulting, construction, and management services, said the team is also exploring improvements to make platforms more accessible.

Also being considered are ways to improve the connection of the station to the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority bus service and the rest of the neighborhood.

Officials expect to hold public meetings to gain input about the design from residents. Direct mail printing services can also be used as another means of outreach to the community.