MBTA Winchester Center Station Renovation Project
January 22, 2021
The MBTA will start a 2 month Emergency Demolition project of ramps, platforms and canopies connected to the downtown Commuter Rail Station beginning at the end of January 2021. The project will span from the Quill Rotary to the Aberjona/
Waterfield Parking lots.
December 1, 2020:
MBTA is proposing delays to the Winchester Commuter Rail Station renovations. More information can be found at www.mbta.com/forging-ahead. They are accepting comments until 5pm on Dec 4th by email email@example.com. The Town Manager’s spoken remarks are below:
Lisa Wong, Winchester Town Manager
Statement to the MBTA, Public Hearing, 12/1/20
Thank you for taking the time to hear from the public. I am opposed to delaying the $49.9 million renovation of the Winchester Train Station. Previous delays to this project more than doubled the cost of this project already, and even a small delay may cost millions more. Delays will negatively impact our small businesses downtown, which are already suffering from the effects of the pandemic. Delays will slow housing growth, which is critical to the economy in Winchester and the greater region.
Winchester families and workers move here because of access to public transportation, in particular the Winchester commuter rail station. That station is now fueling $100s of millions in private investment in Winchester and much needed workforce housing and affordable units for the region. That investment will be in jeopardy if the station project stalls. Winchester has over 400 units in our development pipeline, most within walking distance of the Winchester Commuter Rail Station. One 60 unit development is being built directly adjacent to the train station and is on the same lot that the MBTA needs for easements to complete the renovations. We have worked hard to coordinate this project with the MBTA and a delay will complicate both projects.
The station is in poor condition and if safety concerns close the station soon, any delay in the renovation project will mean a longer closure, more public safety issues, higher costs, more traffic, and more emissions as our riders turn to cars as alternative transportation.
The Winchester station is at 100% design, shovel ready and until now, a fully funded project. Significant work has been put into design, engineering and coordination with the community, most recently around the timing of the project. Town Meeting showed strong support for this project just a few weeks ago by overwhelming passing an article to use town funds to supplement parts of the project. Delaying this project has more costs than benefits and using one time capital dollars for ongoing operations is an expensive long term decision.
We ask you to move forward and invest in a safe and accessible station in the heart of our town. We hope you make the right decision and help this project break ground in 2021.
November 9, 2020:
The MBTA announced proposed service cuts to ferries, busses and trains, both operations and capital as a result of the agency's major budget gap. The changes include a "pause" to the Winchester Commuter Rail renovation originally slated to begin in early 2021. This is not final and there will be a public comment period. Find out more information at https://www.mbta.com/forging-ahead. There will be a virtual community meeting on December 1 at 6pm. Public comments can also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The state delegation spoke against these cuts at the Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting today. The Select Board will finalize written comments at their meeting tonight.
Select Board Documents
- MBTA Warrant Article - Spring 2020
- Parking Impacts - Town Center Regulatory Map - Updated with all changes by BOS - 2017-11-29
- Town of Winchester Parking Impacts_2020-03-11_flattened
- Winchester - Progress Design Submittal for Permitting - 2019_11_01
- Winchester Center Public Meeting - November 21, 2019
- Winchester Center Station - 15% Design Report (PDF)
- Winchester Center Station - Site Plan_2020-04-28
- Winchester Station Improvements FAQs
Winchester Center Station is located on the MBTA’s Lowell Line in downtown Winchester, approximately 7.8 miles from North Station in Boston.
A paper version of the 90% design submittal plans from the MBTA are in the Town Manager’s Office for viewing purposes only.
3/4/2020 - PUBLIC MEETING: Winchester Center Station Upgrades. Open House starts at 6:30pm, Presentation at 7:00pm. McCall School Auditorium
2/4/2020 The MBTA updated their schedule. They expect to bid the project in May, award the project over the summer and begin construction in late/summer/early fall.