Between the rain showers in Boston this morning, Governor Patrick made an important announcement about one of CLF’s long-term priorities, the Fairmount Line. Obviating the need for sunshine to put smiles on the assembled faces, he committed the Commonwealth to four improvements to the Fairmount Line that CLF, and its community partners, have been demanding for a long time.
- Starting in November there will be hourly weekend service along the Fairmount Line, extending the great benefits of this transit improvement to the whole week.
- The successful pilot fare program introduced last year to align fares on the Fairmount Line with fares on the MBTA’s rapid transit lines will be continued permanently.
- In December, the MBTA will issue a request for proposals to acquire thirty Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs), the majority of which will be used on the Fairmount Line to improve trip frequency and reliability. DMUs are self-propelled rail cars that operate along commuter rail tracks and can run either as single cars or as two- or three-car trains.
- And finally, construction of Blue Hill Avenue station will resume with a projected opening date of December 2017. From the 1980s until 2012, the Fairmount Line had only five stations, mostly skipping the communities of color and low-income communities through which its tracks run. The Commonwealth committed to adding four stations to the Fairmount Line as a result of CLF’s Big Dig lawsuits. The Blue Hill Station is the only station that has not been completed yet.
These four improvements put us well on the way for rapid transit service on the Fairmount Line, rain or shine.