State officials gathered at Ruggles station this morning to formally break ground on a $38-million project that will mean a new commuter-rail platform and a new lower busway and elevators.
The project, for which the first contract was issued in 2012, will mean more commuter rail trains can actually stop at Ruggles - currently one out of every three trains have to bypass the station.
In 2014, the state won a $20-million federal grant for the work.
Construction will increase the size of the existing platform and improve the infrastructure in keeping with ADA guidelines to allow improved access to the neighboring community that includes the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, which is the largest employment center near Ruggles Station, and Northeastern University
In a related project, Northeastern will build a new pedestrian bridge over the tracks.