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MBTA Opens Wachusett Station in Fitchburg

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has opened its newest five miles of commuter rail service, which terminates at the new Wachusett Station on the Fitchburg Line.

The station opened on Sept. 30 with two inbound and two outbound trains daily while the agency completes final elements of ­station construction. Full service will begin in November.

The new station, located in West Fitchburg, is completely accessible and includes parking for 360 cars. When ­finished, it will offer such amenities as a ­passenger shelter, benches and windscreens, lighting and landscaping, as well as closed circuit television video surveillance cameras and police emergency call boxes.

Other components of the project include construction of a new MBTA train layover facility in Westminster, approximately 1.5 miles west of the station, and rehabilitation of the existing Pan Am Southern freight rail line, including rail and tie replacements, bridge repairs, new crossovers, a new signal system and clearance improvements.

An MBTA commuter train arrives at the new Wachusett Station.

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