QUINCY (CBS) — The Wollaston T stop reopened Friday morning after nearly two years and $36 million worth of renovations. Customers were excited to use the station for the first time since Jan. 2018.
“This is awesome, we’ve missed this station for a long time,” one woman said.
Improvements, which focused on making the station fully accessible, include three elevators, two escalators, two more stairways, and paths to/from the station. New bathrooms and energy-efficient lighting were also installed.
The station had been the only one on the Red Line that was non-accessible, said the MBTA. The project was part of a five-year, $8 billion capital spending program.
“As somebody with mobility issues, I’m thrilled to see it,” another woman said. “Going down the stairs is very difficult for me so I’m excited about that.”
The MBTA hopes the renovations will increase safety, flood relief, and parking as well.
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General Manager Steve Poftak greeted Friday commuters with coffee and donuts. “It’s very gratifying to be able to show customers that change is happening,” he said.
During construction, free shuttle buses replaced train service. Those shuttles will continue to run for one more week.