Construction has begun to transform the limited service MBTA Yawkey Commuter Rail Station into a full service commuter rail station. The new Yawkey Station is fully funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and will deliver a variety of transportation improvements and will contribute significantly to the transit oriented development of the Longwood Medical Area (LMA), Fenway Park and the Fenway/Kenmore/Audubon Circle neighborhoods.
For over 20 years Yawkey Station has operated with only one single loading platform on the eastbound track requiring all outbound trains to switch tracks in order for passengers to access trains. The new Yawkey Station improvements will include two full length, accessible train platforms between Brookline Ave and Beacon Street thereby eliminating the need for trains to switch tracks. Four new elevators and an access ramp will make the station easy to navigate and fully accessible. The station will be positioned so that commuters can enter from the new Yawkey Way, Brookline Ave, and Beacon Street. The waiting area will have canopies and windscreens to provide shelter from harsh winter weather or warm summer sun.
The new Yawkey Station will also feature a bike share station in order to improve transportation options in the area, and encourage the use of low-impact transportation.
Yawkey Station will increase mobility for people in the Longwood Medical Area, and MASCO will continue to provide a free shuttle bus service between the Station and the Longwood Medical Area.
The new Station will also reduce congestion for people traveling to and from Fenway Park, and accommodate heavy traffic during Red Sox games.
The number of train stops running on the Framingham/Worcester/Back Bay/South Station line will increase from 17 to 34 stops per day at the new station and bring more people into the area.
It is planned that the entire station will be powered by solar panels positioned on the roof and south elevation of the Fenway Center air rights garage, making Yawkey Station the first ever zero-net energy MTBA commuter rail station in Massachusetts.