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June 25, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions: Salem’s MBTA garage and temporary parking


When will the temporary parking lot at the Universal Steel site be open?

A precise date has not yet been determined, but the current goal is to have the 120-car temporary parking lot open as soon as possible, likely around mid-August. Construction of the lot has been delayed largely due to rainwater collecting on the construction site during the spring months (the site is in a floodplain) and to EPA and DEP’s contamination remediation taking slightly longer than anticipated. The city has begun the process of scheduling paving and striping, to expedite the lot’s completion once EPA and DEP have completed excavation and remediation work.

What is the charge to park at the Universal Steel site?

There will be no charge to park at the temporary city parking lot at the Universal Steel site.

What will happen to the Universal Steel parking lot after the MBTA garage is built?

Once the MBTA garage opens in October 2014, the temporary city parking lot at the Universal Steel site will be sold. The city will solicit proposals for redevelopment through a request for proposals (RFP) process. The site will have been remediated and will be shovel-ready for redevelopment. Once redevelopment is complete it will grow the city’s tax base.

What are other alternatives for accessing the Salem commuter rail station during construction?

Commuters seeking to access the station between July 2013 and October 2014 are encouraged to, as much as feasible, walk or bike. Public parking, while limited in quantity, will be available at the Universal Steel site, Leslie’s Retreat Park, and along Bridge Street.

The city also maintains a surface parking lot on Church Street — pay at the multi-space meter before you leave the lot. Portions of the Riley Plaza surface parking lot are also available on a daily basis to holders of a Zone 1 monthly parking pass; these passes cost $25/month and are available at the City Parking Office (1 New Liberty St., Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.). The monthly pass application is online at Please note, a monthly pass does not guarantee you a parking space.

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