Looking back at the past month and what the Intermodal Team has been called upon to do and accomplish brings forth a couple of contrasting images: the sledgehammer and the velvet glove! The former image is conjured up by the ongoing demolition of both sets of rail platform crossover bridge stairs, necessary to replace the badly corroded original stairways, on-going and successful efforts to elminate vandalism and negative behavior occuring within our Intermodal terminal, and installation of our high capacity trash & recycling receptacles, as well as a new bathroom facility. The latter image is conjured up by the strong, deliberate efforts to engage and assist our customers during the rail crossover bridge stair outage, the steady, cooperative efforts amongst the Intermodal team and Framingham Police Department to communicate clear boundaries for appropriate behvaiors amongst our customers and community while using our Intermodal, and the provision for amenities that make our facility more comforatbale, clean, and sustainable. Additionally, we celebrated the Grand Opening of our Intermodal terminal with Lt. Governor Polito, Transportation Secretary Pollak, MWRTA Administrator Ed Carr, and other state, local and transportation officials and consituents who have worked tirelessly to bring the Framingham Intermodal to fruition. Avidia Bank sponsored a one day food truck offering free coffee for our morning rush hour customers. As we look to the month ahead, we look forward to further progress on the stairway project beginning implementation of our winter readiness plans, and increased utilization of Framingham Intermodal.
The MWRTA and its Intermodal Team, multiple Framingham city departments, community organizations and organizers, the MBTA and Keolis, our neighbors, a wide range of contractors, and, most of all, our Intermodal customers, have come together to make possible an expanded, service friendly transportation hub- no small feat and still underway, but truly inspirational! And, so our Intermodal hub brings the best elements of a variety of transportation modes- bus, train, car, walking, bicycling, taxi, and ride sharing services- together in sum providing better mobility than simply adding the parts together independent of each other. That’s what we’re about and we appreciate the hard work and patience necessary to help us get there. To celebrate, we’re having an Open House on Thursday, August 17th at 10AM- hope you can make it! JULY 2017
Work on replacing the inbound and outbound stairs at the Framingham Commuter Rail Station commenced this month starting with the inbound side staircase. We're anticipating the work replacing the old corroded stair treads and risers with a galvanized steel will take about 7 weeks per side. While this creates the inconvenience of elevator access only while each set of stairs is taken out of service sequentially, we believe it will be well-worth it once finished and appreciate our customers' patience. We are also planning to introduce our state-of-the-art waste and recycling recepticles, "BigBelly's", to our intermodal terminal. They are high-capacity, solar-powered and allow, for the first time, recycling of certain trash. Lastly, we continue to work on signage and security cameras while contractors and the Framingham DPW put the final touches on parking and sidewalk improvements.
During the month of June new enclosed bicycle lockers have been installed and readied for monthly rental, available in August. Additionally, as crews continued with paving and sidewalk improvements, a new maintenance shed was constructed. This new building will allow our intermodal team storage of the equipment and supplies necessary to maintain our intermodal terminal throughout the year and in New England's four-season weather. Lastly, the Intermodal Team welcomed a new member, Tom, who assumes a full-time on-site position handling customer service and on-going operations.
**Beginning Monday, June 26th, the inbound side staircase will be CLOSED for repairs. To access the Outbound side, please use the elevator, or travel to the lights at the intersection of Routes 126 & 135 to get across safely.**
APRIL & MAY 2017
Major work continued throughout April and May as contractors, the Framingham DPW and the Intermodal team busied themselves with many facility improvements. Projects improving parking, lighting, sidewalks and security, as well as continued maintenance and cleaning, have been in high gear as we work to improve our intermodal terminal.
In preparation for the opening of the new parking lot, No Overnight parking signs have been posted throughout the parking lots. The signs list the times that a vehicle will be towed at owner's expense if left in any of the Framingham Commuter Rail Station lots. Towing will begin on Monday, March 27, 2017. Vehicles towed from parking lots must contact Henry's Towing at 508-875-9152.
JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2017
During the months of January and February, Framingham Intermodal was hit with a substantial amount of snow in a short period of time. The plowing company that manages the Northside and the Southside commuter rail parking lots did a fantastic job clearing the snow and keeping the lots salted. New advertising has been installed around the station and more spaces are available to interested advertisers.