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MBTA Secures $67 Million Federal Grant to Enhance Green Line Accessibility

Government officials gathered at Brookline Town Hall on Thursday to celebrate a $67 million federal grant aimed at enhancing accessibility for passengers on the MBTA Green Line, Governor Maura Healey’s office announced.


This grant, awarded by the Federal Transit Administration, is part of the All Stations Accessibility Program under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Biden in 2021. The initiative focuses on modernizing older transit systems.

The funding will be allocated to improve 14 stops along the Green Line, the nation's oldest light rail subway line. With over 70 stations, many built before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, accessibility remains a significant issue for people with disabilities at numerous MBTA stations.


“A critical part of modernizing and improving our historic transit system is ensuring that every rider is able to use the system with ease and comfort,” Governor Healey stated. “These federal awards are vital to our efforts to make the necessary upgrades for our residents.”

The project will address the 14-inch step at 14 ground-level stops along the B and C branches of the Green Line in Allston, Brighton, and Brookline, which presents a boarding challenge for many passengers. Additionally, the platforms will be widened, leveled, and illuminated to enhance safety and accessibility.


“The Green Line’s street-level stops are some of the most challenging segments of the system for riders with disabilities to navigate,” MBTA General Manager Phil Eng said. “This crucial funding enables us to make vital safety improvements and upgrades.”

US Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren emphasized the importance of this federal investment in improving transit quality for residents.


“An accessible, just public transit system allows everyone, including seniors and people with disabilities, to be riders,” Senator Markey said.


“Enhancing the Green Line's accessibility for people with disabilities is the right thing to do and benefits all T passengers,” Senator Warren added.



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