BOSTON - Delays might still be commonplace along the Red Line, but things are looking up for riders.
Closed for the past 20 months, the Wollaston T station had been undergoing a series of renovations to make it fully accessible to all riders.
The $36 million renovation project closed down the station back in January 2018 to make the last of the 22 MBTA stations accessible.
The Wollaston station now includes three elevators, two escalators, new customer paths, new bathroom and energy-efficient lighting.
While the station was closed down, shuttle buses were used to replace service on the Red Line's Braintree branch between Qunicy Center and North Quincy. As the station re-opens on Friday morning, shuttle buses will continue to run between those stops as a precautionary measure, the MBTA told Boston 25 News.
"The fact that it's open and it's on time is fantastic," said one rider.
As the station re-opens, new parking rates will also be going into effect. As of today, riders will have to pay $6 on weekdays and $3 on weekends.
New parking rates will go into effect with the opening of Wollaston Station. Use @PayByPhone code #4564 for $6 on weekdays and $3 on Saturdays & Sundays.— MBTA (@MBTA) August 15, 2019
Shuttle bus service will continue through the end of service next Friday, August 23.
This is the second positive MBTA development in just a couple of days. Earlier this week, the first six of the new fleet of Orange Line cars rolled into service. The Red Line is due to get 252 new train cars within the next three years.
While the station's re-opening is great news for riders, the MBTA continues to struggle with the delays caused by a train derailment that happened earlier this summer. The MBTA says those issues should be resolved by October.
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