Exciting news for commuters to and from South Acton! The newly renovated South Acton Commuter Rail station is having its grand opening on Saturday, January 30th. Join the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the MBTA, the Baker Administration, and other Federal, State, and Local officials at the station at 10:00AM for a speaking program followed by a reception from 11:00AM-1:00PM hosted by Senator Jamie Eldridge at the South Acton Congregational Church located at 35 School Street, Acton.
The new, fully accessible station was completed in December and includes full-train lenth high-level platforms, an enclosed walkway with elevator over the tracks for access to both sides, a second drop-off/pick-up area on Maple Street, passenger shelters, benches, windscreens, variable message signs, lighting, closed-circuit security camaras, and emergency call boxes. All of these upgrades are welcome at the most heavily-used station on the Fitchburg Line.
And if you're not already aware, there are ways to get to the new South Acton station by public transportation provided by CrossTown Connect and the Town of Acton. The on-site parking lot fills up fast in the morning, but the MinuteVan Rail Shuttle provides transportation from two satilite parking lots at the West Acton fire station and the Mount Cavalry church to the train station during the morning and evening weekday rush hours. Parking and shuttle passes can be bought for a single day, a ten-ride ticket book, a month, or a full year. The Rail Shuttle schedule and fare prices can be found here. You can also access the new station via the new Cross-Acton Tranist (CAT) shuttle that runs in a continuous one-hour loop donwn Rt. 2A from residential areas in North Acton to Donelan's, over to Main Street and down to Mass. Ave., through West Acton Center, and to the train station (and back again). The cost for the CAT is $1.00 per trip and the schedule with specific stops can be found here. The CAT runs between 8:00AM and 6:00PM Monday-Friday.
So pleas join us in celebrating the new station and thanking those who made this project happen to better serve residents, visitors, and businesses alike. And if you haven't tried them already, we invite you to hop on one of CrossTown Connect's public transportation services to access the station during weekdays. Happy riding and we hope to see you on the 30th!