MBTA to invest $2.5 million in a full restoration project for Ashland Station

Aug. 1, 2023
Ashland Station will close on August 26 through fall 2023, with alternate shuttle bus service available for passengers to perform critical improvement work.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) Ashland Station on the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line will be going under station repairs and improvements as part of a $2.5 million project plan.

This work will include a complete restoration of pedestrian overpasses, including stairs and walkways, platform resurfacing and painting, repairs and improvements to the accessible platform, upgraded lighting and installation of digital signage. In order to perform the critical improvement work, Ashland Station will close on August 26 through fall 2023, with alternate shuttle bus service available for passengers.

“We’re pleased to deliver these critical improvements at Ashland Station, to ensure safe and accessible access for the Ashland community and our passengers when complete,” said MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng. “We’re investing in needed maintenance of our facilities as we work on the station’s pedestrian overpass, walkways and platforms while also improving the customer experience with better lighting, new digital signs and more."

“Safe and reliable public transportation transit for our communities is fundamental to our success as a Commonwealth,” said Massachusetts Senate President Karen E. Spilka. “I have fought for years for investments to update this important commuter rail stop and am very grateful to the Administration for prioritizing this project. I’m also grateful to the MBTA for providing bus service to mitigate disruption to commuters.”

During the station closure, accessible shuttle buses will provide service between Ashland and Framingham Stations. Shuttle buses will pick up passengers at each station.

“We are delighted the MBTA has initiated much-needed repairs at the Ashland Commuter Rail Station,” said Ashland Town Manager Michael D. Herbert. “This pivotal upgrade represents the culmination of sustained advocacy by the Select Board, our legislative delegation and myself. We have been committed to this endeavor for an extended period, recognizing the essential role the station plays in serving our community. Our sincere thanks go out to the MBTA for listening to our appeals and taking the necessary steps to enhance the safety, efficiency and overall quality of the transportation services our residents depend on daily.”