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Agencies Nationwide Break Ground on Facilities: MBTA's 'Long-Awaited' Rail Station

Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) broke ground June 5 for the Blue Hill Avenue Station on the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line, which Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker called “a long-awaited milestone for the Mattapan community” in his remarks at the event.

“Blue Hill Avenue Station wouldn’t have been possible without a close working relationship with the neighborhoods we serve,” said MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. “We’re excited to provide another public transportation option to the community as we continue our major improvements along the Fairmount Line.” 

The construction is part of $130 million in Fairmount Line investments, including the opening of three stations, bridge replacements and significant rail and tie improvement work.

Blue Hill Avenue Station, scheduled to open in 2019, will be located approximately six and a half miles from Boston’s South Station. Construction work will take place on weekends and weekday nights.

State Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack said the station “will serve as a vital connection to housing, jobs, retail destinations and entertainment options” and “will open doors to a whole new world for many people who have been eager to have an efficient way to travel between their homes and downtown and to other major destinations.”

MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve, at podium, joined state legislators and community leaders at ground-breaking ceremonies for the Blue Hill Avenue Station.

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