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MBTA set to reopen Orient Heights subway station after 8-month closure

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  November 25, 2013 12:19 PM

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The Orient Heights subway station on the MBTA’s Blue Line will reopen Tuesday after being closed for the past eight months while work was done on a $51 million project to overhaul the facility in East Boston, officials said.

While the station will reopen, work on the construction project is not scheduled to wrap up until the spring.

The project aims to modernize and make fully accessible Orient Heights Station, which had deteriorated over its 60 years history.

The station will feature a new overhead pedestrian bridge, four elevators, two escalators, new mechanical and power systems, a renovated train operations building, new platforms and improvements to the bus access areas.

Components of the project are required to bring the station into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as with state codes and MBTA standards.

An estimated 4,100 passengers entered Orient Heights station on an average weekday during the 2009 fiscal year, making it the 46th busiest subway station in the T system that year, according to the latest available figures from the transit agency.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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