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.