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July 4, 2014

Garage openings weeks away

Salem, Beverly MBTA projects feature number of amenities

The long-awaited garages at train stations in Salem and Beverly, two public projects that will cost a combined $78.6 million and provide a total of 1,215 parking spaces, are nearing completion.

The Beverly garage is scheduled to open Saturday, Aug. 3, while the Salem garage is set for a Friday, Oct. 10, debut, according to MBTA project manager George Doherty.

Doherty, who is overseeing both projects, said the garages will go a long way toward relieving parking problems in Salem and Beverly, which are the second- and third-busiest commuter rail stations outside of Boston. The Salem garage will have 715 parking spaces, while the Beverly garage will have 500.

In a tour of the two projects, Doherty pointed out that both garages will feature glass elevators, locked bike storage areas, electric car charging stations, designated parking for the Zipcar car-sharing service, and machines to melt snow on the roof.

Both garages will have multiple security cameras that can be viewed in the local police stations as well as by transit police. If somebody hits a call button in the garages in an emergency, police will be able to see them on camera.

Doherty said the garages will not have security people on duty.

Both garages will be managed by LAZ Parking, a company that manages parking spaces throughout the country. Doherty said LAZ will have an attendant on duty 24 hours a day in Beverly. He said staffing has not yet been determined for the Salem garage.

The Salem garage will have a “kiss and drop-off” area in front of the garage for drivers to drop off or pick up train riders. There will also be separate drop-off areas for buses and taxis.

Doherty said access will be made easier by the installation of a platform along the tracks that will allow people to step directly on and off trains without having to climb steps.

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