Friday, June 22, 2007

Franklin's MBTA Stations to be spruced up

With the town's commuter rail stations slated for a makeover under a recently announced state program, riders and officials said the work will dovetail nicely with plans to renovate downtown. But while grateful for the improvements, officials also noted the project will not include installing disability access at Franklin's downtown/Dean College stop, a feature the town continues to seek.

"Any upgrade we truly appreciate, but they should go a step further," Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said.

Under the project, introduced by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and its Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co., both the downtown station and the one at Forge Park will receive new benches, trashcans, bike racks and signs. Workers will also repair lights and platform edges, reseal concrete surfaces and put on a fresh coat of paint. The project is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

For more details read the story by Michael Morton in the Milford Daily News