On Monday, July 10, the MBTA’s Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line, including the stations in Natick Center and West Natick, will begin temporarily running on an adjusted weekday schedule. This will accommodate ongoing changes to make the Natick Center station more accessible, as well as other improvements along the line.
The schedule will only change during midday on weekdays so as not to disrupt rush hour schedules in the morning and evening. Specifically, inbound trains 512, 516 and 522 and outbound trains 507, 511 and 517 will be eliminated for the duration of the adjusted schedule, which is set to end in September.
These adjustments allow for continued accessibility improvements at the Natick Center MBTA station.
In November 2019, the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board awarded $36 million for the Natick Center station to undergo accessibility and station improvements. Significant work has already been done, including demolishing parts of the station, building a rail bed, and installing two ramps. Commuters on Wednesday indicated their support for the ramps.
When the project is completed, the station will also have two elevators, six stairways, a replaced pedestrian bridge, and high-level and full-length platforms, all for increased accessibility and more efficient boarding. The station’s drainage infrastructure will be updated as well to help prevent floods. Finally, amenities to improve riders’ experiences will be added. These include bicycle parking, new canopies, and better lighting and signage.
The anticipated end date for these improvements is early 2024.