So some patience will be required on the part of commuters, and some open-mindedness, as well, when it comes to using the short-term solutions the city and the MBTA are putting together, piece by piece. For example, there’s a free, 30-spot lot at the former Alpha Auto at 309 Bridge St. There are also spots at Leslie’s Retreat Park. The Universal Steel lot should be up and running before the summer is over, and two “kiss and ride” areas will be set up for commuters getting dropped off at the station. And commuters with a Zone 3 pass can take the Salem Ferry in to Boston.
Yes, the next several months will likely be a little more difficult. With a modern train station, however, the next several decades will be much better.