T approves $16.9m for Mattapan stop on Fairmount line

The Boston Globe | By John R. Ellement and Andy Rosen
January 24, 2017

The MBTA is pushing ahead with its plan to build a new station on the Fairmount commuter rail line that is designed to move travelers from Mattapan to downtown in 20 minutes.

The T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board gave the go-ahead to the project, which is projected to start service in 2019, T officials said in a Tuesday statement.

An estimated 1,200 passengers use the Fairmount Line daily, and the Blue Hill station near Mattapan Square would be the ninth on the line, they said.

McCourt Construction Co. filed the lowest bid, $16.97 million, among seven companies participating in the bidding process. T officials had estimated it would cost $26.5 million to build the station.

The project will be built on the right of way the T already owns on the property that runs between Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway near Regis Road, according to T planning documents. The station will be in what is now residential property, they said.

The station will be 768 feet long and will include two covered stations, surveillance cameras and fully accessible pedestrian ramps from both highways. About 290 passengers are projected to use the station daily once it opens, per the planning documents.

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