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MBTA announces closures at Salem's train station due to ongoing construction

Posted by Terri Ogan  August 9, 2013 09:38 AM

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The MBTA is set to close various access points to and from the train station in Salem as construction for the new transportation hub continues.

Closures include the platform closest to Bridge Street, and the stairway to and from Washington Street to the commuter rail platform.

These changes will be effective Monday Aug. 12 for the morning commute, according to a statement from the MBTA.

Construction teams broke ground on the project in July, and are set to wrap up in October 2014.

The new $37 million transportation hub will include a five-level parking garage with 690 spaces, a full-height train platform, new roadway circulation, an enclosed waiting area, and a 270-foot linear "kiss and ride" parking area.

Access to and from the station platform will be located at the stair and ramp to the "kiss and ride" area near Route 114. All pedestrian access will be along the new designated walkways to the station platforms, along the bus drop-off area and along the North River to the platform.

These pedestrian changes will have no impact on train or bus service.

The MBTA is urging residents to plan accordingly and notes the new pedestrian access requires a longer walk to access the train platform.

Parking for HP plates is available at the Station.

For additional information contact MBTA Customer Service at 617-222-3200 or 1-800-392-6100 or TTY 617-222-5146.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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