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MBTA Advisory Committee to Discuss Public Feedback on Future Station

Residents approved $80,000 for a feasibility study at Town Meeting.

MBTA Advisory Committee to Discuss Public Feedback on Future Station. Patch file photo
MBTA Advisory Committee to Discuss Public Feedback on Future Station. Patch file photo

The Natick MBTA Station Advisory Committee will next meet Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss the input it has received on the future downtown station.

According to the Board of Selectmen's office, the meeting is still on despite the forecast for a snowstorm on Jan. 2.

The input has come from:

  1. Nov. 12 open house;
  2. Online survey;
  3. MBTA office of systemwide accessibility;
  4. Natick Commission on Disability.

With a winning bid of $79,970, McMahon Associates was awarded a contract by the Natick Board of Selectmen on Aug. 26 to conduct a feasibility study for a new MBTA station in Natick Center.

The MBTA Station Advisory Committee had recently made the same recommendation.

McMahon has worked with many government, public and commercial and private sector clients. It offers a wide range of transportation consulting services. 

Residents approved $80,000 for the study at Town Meeting.

The study will take six to eight months. Residents will have an opportunity to comment during the study and provide alternative plans.

Ostroff said this project hopefully will grow into a larger one for a new, accessible commuter rail that connects to the planned rail trail.

The contract will run through June 30.

The Committee on Jan. 2 will also discuss the feasibility study next steps and station options.

The meeting will be held in the Dlott Meeting Room at Town Hall.

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