Originally built as a temporary commuter station to service the Hyde Park area during disruption caused by construction by the Orange Line subway extension (the “Southwest Corridor Project, circa 1970’s), Fairmount Station has since become a permanent fixture for this southern, outer urban Boston neighborhood. Fairmount Station was designated a “Key Station” within the MBTA's vast system, and as such required accelerated full conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1991.
Improvements included the construction of a large pedestrian overpass bridge structure connecting the inbound and outbound station platforms. With close to 100 train movements per day, the two busy tracks through the station would not permit a simpler at-grade passenger crossing.
Other improvements included new at-grade parking, traffic analysis, circulation design, extensive drainage improvements, security enhancements, revenue collection systems, site lighting, utility modifications, permitting, ADA compliant passenger platforms, passenger platform amenities, fencing, and extensive construction management.
The improvements of this project finally allow this beloved “temporary” station to receive a full makeover, upgrading it to its much deserved permanent status as an asset to the neighborhood