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June 25, 2013

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

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Another option for those looking to commute from Salem to Boston is the Salem Ferry, located at 10 Blaney St., off of Derby Street. Any commuter with a MBTA Zone 3 Commuter Rail pass can use their pass on the ferry’s commuter runs at no extra charge. Visit www.salemferry.com for schedule and commuter ticket information.

Alternative commuter rail access is also available at stations in Beverly and Lynn.

Will there be any improvements to the pedestrian access routes to the commuter rail station?

Yes, the city is working on a plan to enhance the two “unofficial” pedestrian access routes to the commuter rail station, from the HMA parking lot across the east side of the North Street overpass and from Leslie’s Retreat Park across the west side of the overpass. Both of these routes are complicated by private ownership issues, restrictions on how pedestrians are permitted to cross a freight train line, and handicap accessibility requirements. A draft plan to improve these routes is available on the Project Documents page at www.BuildingSalem.com. The city is establishing cost estimates for the three routes (the two above, as well as improvements to the pedestrian route from the Universal Steel parking lot to the commuter rail site entrance) and will proceed with implementation of the improvements subject to budget and legal considerations, which we hope can be addressed soon.

How can I stay informed about the garage, Universal Steel lot, and pedestrian access improvements?

News about these projects is shared via the City of Salem’s BuildingSalem public information initiative. You can find details online at www.BuildingSalem.com or by calling 978-619-5605 or emailing buildingsalem@salem.com. BuildingSalem can also be found on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/BuildingSalem and www.twitter.com/BuildingSalem. If you have further questions about the proposed garage and commuter rail station, visit the Project Documents page at www.BuildingSalem.com to see the latest design and construction phasing presentation from the MBTA.

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