Boston, MA – BSC Group has been selected by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to provide accessibility improvements for the Mansfield Commuter Rail Station. Operated by the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA), the Mansfield Commuter Rail Station is one of the busiest in the MBTA commuter rail system. As part of the MBTA’s system-wide commitment to improving accessibility for persons with disabilities, BSC Group has been retained as the engineering consultant to complete these improvements.
The MBTA Commuter Rail and Amtrak’s Acela trains at the Mansfield Commuter Rail Station run perpendicular to and above Route 106, and passengers must either drive or walk underneath tracks to make an inbound/outbound transfer to the opposite side of the track. BSC is developing plans for the installation of a series of ramps and landings, as well as the replacement of existing staircases for improved pedestrian accessibility. BSC Group is working closely with the MBTA and GATRA to ensure that all requirements of the improvement project are met while adhering to budget. Additionally, BSC has been asked to review several of the handicapped parking spots within the station’s lot for conformance with ADA/MAAB requirements, evaluate wheelchair accessibility to the train platform, and make recommendations for potential improvements. Construction of this project is anticipated to begin in 2012.