The city of Salem has provided the following information regarding the MBTA's plans for a new parking garage and temporary parking in Salem.
When will the MBTA and city parking lots near the commuter rail platform close?
The MBTA and city parking lots at the commuter rail station in Salem will be closed effective Saturday, July 20, 2013.
How long will they be closed?
The lots will be closed for the duration of the project. The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2014, with the opening of the new 690-space parking garage and commuter rail station.
What access will be available to commuters who wish to get to the platform?
Throughout construction the station will remain open for trains and bus service. Pedestrian access from Bridge Street and Washington Street will remain open, as will bicycle access at Bridge Street. Buses and the RIDE pickup and drop-off will remain available at the station, as will handicap parking and handicap pickup and drop-off. The precise location of handicap parking and other on-site access will change during the two construction phases; visit www.buildingsalem.com/projects-documents to see the MBTA’s presentation on where these locations will be during each construction phase.
Will passengers be able to drop-off/pick-up near the station (“kiss-and-ride”)?
“Kiss-and-ride” will be provided, however it will not be available at the commuter rail platform site during the construction period. It is proposed to be located in a dedicated lane along the north-bound side of Bridge Street and the Bridge Street overpass ramp onto North Street/Route 114. Pedestrians exiting vehicles from those locations have quick and safe access to the two pedestrian entrances to the station site. The lanes will be separated from traffic by jersey barriers and a police detail will be present at times for the initial days of its operation. The taxi stand will be relocated to the northwest corner of Federal and Washington Street.