With customer safety a top priority and to complete the project on time, the MBTA has announced that Wollaston Station will close to Red Line customers for approximately 20 months beginning Jan. 2, 2018, as part of the Wollaston Station Improvements Project.
During the closure, Red Line trains will continue passing through Wollaston Station without stopping. The T also will be operating shuttle bus service to transport customers between Wollaston and North Quincy Stations in an effort to allow continuous use of Wollaston Station's remaining parking during the construction project.
In addition, to support the most efficient completion of the project, as of Nov. 12, 2017, Red Line service on Sundays through Thursdays between North Quincy and Braintree Stations will be replaced with shuttle buses from 9 p.m. through the end of service.
The parking lot at Wollaston will remain open during the station closure, though the total number of parking spots will be reduced from 538 to 423. Customers who are unable to park at Wollaston are encouraged to instead park at the North Quincy Station overflow lot along Newport Avenue.
Beginning in February 2018, Saturday and Sunday Red Line service between North Quincy and Braintree Stations also will be replaced with shuttle buses during 18 weekends over the course of approximately 24 months.
Major accessibility improvements, modern safety features, and rectifying ongoing drainage and flooding issues within the station are some of the improvements to be made during the project renovating Wollaston Station. Currently the only non-ADA-accessible station on the Red Line, Wollaston will be transformed into a modern, fully accessible facility, making the entirety of the Red Line 100-percent accessible.
Additional upgrades to the station include brand new elevators, additional customer paths, upgraded stairways, new bathrooms and additional lighting. New electrical, fire protection, security, flooding mitigation and site utility upgrades also will occur to support the accessible improvements. The estimated construction value of the Wollaston Station Improvements is $33 million.
The MBTA has already committed $911 million to Red Line South Side projects, including 252 new Red Line cars that will begin full revenue service in November 2019. The renovations at Wollaston Station are a major part of a series of signal, rail, and other infrastructure upgrades along the Red Line. Previous MBTA successes in renovation construction with station shutdowns include Government Center, Orient Heights, and Science Park Stations.
For more information, visit mbta.com/projects/3004.