Due to it’s location deep within the heart of this 300 year old fishing city (known as America’s oldest port), the former Gloucester Commuter Rail Station was used nearly exclusively by pedestrians – the dense neighborhood and challenging soil conditions had allowed only 20 spaces for commuter parking.
Funded by Federal NexTEA monies, our project expanded parking to almost 200 spaces while also dramatically enhancing the form and function of this heavily used transit station.
The new station is now a statewide example of multi-modal transportation. It includes an inter-modal Bus Transfer area, state-of-the-art Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) communications, full-length low level platforms, ADA accessibility from a refurbished mini-high platform, pedestrian grade-track crossings, and enhanced pedestrian safety features. Because land taking was involved there was extensive public participation and a permitting component that included numerous public meetings and presentations.