Blue Line Station Improvements MBTA


Blue Line Station Improvements MBTA

Boston, MA


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About this Project

As coordinating consultant for renovation of eight Blue Line Stations, FST contributed to many elements of these projects. FST prepared a feasibility study examining the constraints on traction power, signals, track work, tunnel, and stations, which would affect possible use of 8-car trains. The Blue Line operated with 4-car trains and the modernization provided for 6-car trains.
Numerous other specialized considerations were handled by FST:  handicapped accessibility; the need for historic preservation; and determination of archaeological sensitivity throughout the corridor. Other areas of involvement were signage, corrosion protection, acoustical considerations, and detailed traffic studies at a number of locations in downtown Boston.
For several of these special concerns, the FST team developed project-specific design guidelines including Blue Line Accessibility, Blue Line Acoustics, Blue Line Preservation (Historic), and Blue Line Corrosion Control. FST also updated the MassDOT- Transit Division Signage & Graphics Guidelines as well as performing an analysis and update of portions of a 15-year old subway ventilation study. As a component of the Signage & Graphics work, FST evaluated development of an interactive kiosk system to provide Logan International Airport flight information to subway users at selected stations throughout the MassDOT- Transit Division system.
FST also assisted the MassDOT- Transit Division with its community involvement program, and prepared a complete Environmental Impact. FST prepared the report for the improvements, particularly focusing on maintenance of traffic and pedestrian safety in these urban locations during construction.

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Owner: Massachusetts Department of Transportation - Transit Division (MBTA)

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Highlights: FST helped the T develop a program and policy for public art in the stations, notably at Aquarium Station.