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A Virtual Look Ahead: Salem's New MBTA Station

The construction of Salem's new MBTA Intermodal Station is expected to begin this summer.

The computer-rendered images of Salem's new MBTA Intermodal Station above were generated by Fennick McCredie Architecture LLC and were most recently shown during a public status update last week.

Construction on the $37 million station is expected to begin this summer and be completed by the winter of 2014, according to the presentation. The station will have a five-level garage with 690 spaces.

The next public presenation regarding the MBTA station will take place in June.

Click through the photos above for a look at what you can expect the station to look like when completed.

Bill April 01, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Great example of the government, run by lawyers and do-gooders who never had real jobs, messing with the free enterprise/market based system.
Northguy April 09, 2013 at 03:46 PM
This is really ugly and uninspired. It's barely a train station. It looks like someone just dropped a box into a pit. Why not incorporate retail into it and include an adequate waiting room? How convenient would it be for commuters, residents and tourists if there was, say, a CVS or small supermarket in the station? It would eliminate the need to make another stop on the way home or to Salem for many.
Claudia Paraschiv May 24, 2013 at 03:46 PM
I completely agree. It is so sad to have all this money spent on such a dismal prospect. The site has great potential. It can really be the gateway to the city, and without much more money, it could certainly include retail amenities, better bike and pedestrian access, perhaps along the water as they have it, but plant a linear park there not the empty gesture of a "pedestrian plaza" surrounded by traffic, and a waiting area not at the opposite end of the platforms. I am so saddened by the plan, and the images.
Fred Votta June 20, 2013 at 02:58 PM
After reading all the comments so far...getting whatever from the " powers that be ".another shallow feather in Driscoll"s (otherwise known as a Deval Disciple !!) 20 years from now...what will Salem end up as ??? When these two are "long gone ".
Becky M. June 20, 2013 at 03:13 PM
A year? They think they're going to get this done that quickly? Interesting.
KlassySalem June 20, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Define too far down? They're putting in a full high platform. No more stepping up into the train, or going all the way to the end to reach the platform. Loading and unloading will be faster. There are plenty of improvements here.
KlassySalem June 20, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Why? $$$$ Repeal the prevailing wage law and we can get a garage like that.
Joseph Edwards June 20, 2013 at 04:12 PM
There will be an indoor space to wait, but it will not be heated or air-conditioned.
Cecil Crowninshield June 20, 2013 at 04:13 PM
If the parking lot is going to be closed for 14 months, where can I send my car to daycare? She needs to stay socialized.
Jared Robinson June 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM
the no-heat thing is maddening... how hard is it to put in some electric or gas heaters that work during morning peak hours and then shut off. At least give me a 55 gallon drum and a match...
gene June 20, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Want new trains? Move to the South Shore they get all the new trains and we get the hand me downs. BTW now that there will be more parking spaces did anyone bother to assess the impact on North and Boston Streets?
Jared Robinson June 20, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I was on one of the new double decker cars last week. The new locomotives are delayed until Mid-August now
too big too fail June 20, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Wow, a new 5 level, 5 star hotel for salems bum community to drink, pee, and sleep in!
too big too fail June 20, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Wow, a new 5 level, 5 star hotel for salems bums too drink, pee, and sleep in! Maybe now they won't use my yard
too big too fail June 20, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Wow, a new 5 level, 5 star hotel for salems bums too drink, pee, and sleep in!
too big too fail June 20, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Wow a new 5 level, 5 star hotel for salems bums too drink, pee, and sleep in!
too big too fail June 20, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Is there something wrong with patch or is it me? Post won't go thru
too big too fail June 20, 2013 at 06:58 PM
There we go. I was just sayin, a new 5 level, 5 star hotel for salems bums too drink, pee, and sleep in.
Bryan Karsis June 20, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Behold! A timeline of ever-increasing disappointment. (data gleaned from the Salem News archive): * Feb 5, 2009 - 1000 spaces must be added by December 2011 across the MBTA system to comply with a federal mandate on Big Dig remediation. * June 9, 2010 - Gov. Patrick states his commitment to a 930-car Salem garage and upgraded train station for $47 million to replace the current surface lot and increase parking almost threefold (okay, two-point-seven-oh-three-ishfold, but who's counting?) * Sept 14, 2010 - MBTA announces no way a $47m garage will be built by the Dec 2011 deadline * Nov 9, 2010 - Budget slashed from $47m to $30m, garage shrinks from 950 spaces to 800 * June 27, 2012 - Budget increased to $37m, spaces decreased to 715 *March 14, 3013 - The $37m project will feature "just under 700 spaces" * June 20, 2013 - The garage will begin construction on July 19, 2013 and be completed by October 1, 2014. The $37m, 5-level concrete and brick garage will feature an enclosed waiting room, two bike cages, a covered pedestrian bridge from Washington Street, a “full-height” platform, and 690 spaces which will more than double the number of spaces in the current 344-space parking lot (by two whole spaces). I, for one, am looking forward to the July 2016 ribbon-cutting ceremony on the brand new, $37m 250-car "open concept" parking lot featuring uncovered walkways and exposed waiting areas!
Meg Elizabeth June 20, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Phew! Thank goodness you were able to post this!
Jared Robinson June 20, 2013 at 07:46 PM
that's a fantastic idea... that's the best god damned idea I've ever heard EVER.
Jared Robinson June 20, 2013 at 07:48 PM
ah, an optimist!
Cecil Crowninshield June 20, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Oh snap. Do you know my brother Cyril? He was always good at dread prognostication.
Bryan Karsis June 20, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Optimist/realist/hyperbolist ... six of one, half dozen of the other. I think it's interesting to see how the project has changed over the years, which was the point of my exercise. Take Beverly's garage; first it had 500 - 600 spaces with commercial and residential space, and now it's a simple 500-space garage. But really, I'm just glad something is finally going to happen. Is it going to please everyone? No, of course not. Is it going to please some people? Yes, some people will certainly appreciate the effort.
Justin Mattera June 21, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Anything is an improvement. Now lets run the trains past midnight so the ones that actually use it to enjoy Boston, can finish a meal and a drink without sprinting back to make the last train. In with Klassy on the prevailing wage comment.
chester suchecki June 21, 2013 at 08:14 PM
mayor kim should get the federales to dredge the channel and make a ferry landing to pick up the slack from the constantly late trains .
john June 21, 2013 at 08:22 PM
After all the years of tanneries and the junk yard spewing into that river,are you serious?
John Dumas June 26, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Will there be a safe place to wait, where women will not be assaulted ??? Maybe a 24 hour Dunkin Donuts ???
John Dumas June 26, 2013 at 02:59 PM
The Empire State Building was built in one year 47 days at a cost of $1.10 per cubic foot, using horse carts and hand tools.
John Dumas June 26, 2013 at 03:05 PM
This wiil cost more than 75 times as much per cubic foot and take much longer to build than the Empire State Building which is 75 times bigger, using modern tools ???

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