Project: MBTA Attleboro Station
ARRA Award Amount: $2.5 Million
Program: Urbanized Area Formula Program
The Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) utilized $2.5 million of ARRA formula funds for the rehabilitation of the Attleboro Commuter Rail Station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Providence/Stoughton Line. The historic Attleboro Station building, which was originally built in 1906 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, is located at 75 South Main Street in Downtown Attleboro, right at the heart of the Attleboro Central Business District. The Station serves 16 round trip MBTA commuter trains per weekday, as well as six local GATRA bus route.
The project consisted of the rehabilitation of the building's exterior envelope, as well as improvements to the interior waiting area, consistent with the original intent of the historic facility. In addition to the needed maintenance work funded by the project, the project has also directly benefited the riding public by providing an improved and enlarged interior waiting area, bathrooms, and vendor area. The project also consisted of the construction of a new ADA-accessible walkway system on the northbound side of the station, as well as associated platform improvements and the stabilization of the embankment that runs along the walkway. An additional ARRA grant for $200,000 will be used for the repair and replacement of all ornamental fencing at the station.
There are between 1,500 and 1,800 people who pass through the Attleboro Station each day. The contractors who completed work on the station were able to retain workers with the exception of the General Contractor who hired a project supervisor specifically for this project. There were an estimated 30 people who worked on the project.