$30-million Ruggles revamp slated to start next year: Will include new commuter-rail platform, busway improvements

The MBTA today announced that a long planned upgrade to Ruggles station should get underway next year. In addition to a new 800-foot long commuter-rail platform that will let more trains stop at the station, the T is also planning an overhaul of the lower busway, replacement of four elevators and the addition of a fifth and expanded pedestrian canopies at either end of the station.

Two-thirds of the cost will be covered by a federal grant awarded in 2014. Northeastern University will also pay to build a new pedestrian bridge over the tracks.

The current physical limitations of the station platform, in conjunction with the daily congestion along the corridor from MBTA and Amtrak trains, have made it difficult to offer a complete schedule of trains at the station with 30 percent of inbound trains bypassing Ruggles completely. Following construction of the new platform, a significantly increased number of trains will be able to stop at Ruggles.

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Actually part of it is closed

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Actually part of it is closed off to save money - for some reason they built the platform to Amtrak-standard length (1,050 ft) instead of MBTA standard length (800 ft), so the T decided a while back that there was no point spending money to maintain an extra 250 ft of platform that they have no plans to ever use (even 800 ft is actually longer than any T train - though the 8 car sets do come close). It's crumbling because it's closed off, not the other way around.

Why?

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The station was opened in 1987 and cost millions, why is it falling apart thirty years later? Why are the parking garages in Quincy closed and falling apart?

Quincy Garage is 45 years old and needs work.

I'm old and need a little work done too

Were you around in 1981 when the planning for Ruggles was done? If you had said to someone that NU would be considered a good school and that a one bedroom condo on West Canton Street costs over $900,000 you would have been put into a padded room.

Were you in JP in 1981 when it looked more like Lynn during a trash strike rather than Observatory Hill Lite?

Sorry that Fred Salvucci and Mike Dukakis failed you so completely with this. Go walk your rat for a while and then reflect on the good that is coming from this renovation.

Lack of maintenance and poor

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Lack of maintenance and poor quality of concrete due to a combination of corruption and a misunderstanding in the 1980s of which 'innovative for the time' formulations of concrete could withstand our freeze-thaw cycle. All of the Red, Blue, and Orange line stations built in the era suffer the same problems with premature concrete failure and failed glazing systems.