November at Framingham Intermodal has been all about wrapping up the warm weather projects and getting ready for winter. A parking lot island was raised to prevent water and ice accumulation and signage was replaced where needed. We also transplanted shrubbery to accommodate our snow plowing plan and repaired a perimeter fence that had been knocked down, while also adding new plants and a cherry tree to spruce up the area.Our contractor for snow and ice removal was selected, and close to a mile of curbing was staked in preperation for that operation. Last, but not least, we have been raking, blowing, and mulching leaves throughout the month in what’s turned out to be unusual warm fall weather. On a personal note, the Framingham Intermodal team wishes our newlywed leader Sara lifelong health and happiness in her marriage to Joe! We also wish all of our customers, community, and friends a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Joyful Kwanzaa!
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was a lucky day at Framingham Intermodal.It marked the end of the stairway repair project after some 800 hours of demolition and construction over a 15 week period.Feedback has been very positive with the new stair treads recieveing high marks from riders for design and improvement over the old stairways!As the morning temperatures have cooled and the sunrise comes later moving through October, we are happy to report that the Coffee Cabin joined the morning commute Monday through Thursday between 5 - 9AM offering hot coffee at the Waverly Street platform.As the temperatures have become more brisk, business has become more brisk as well!
September brought hard
earned positive results for the Framingham Intermodal customers, team, and
surrounding community. After 11 weeks, with its 350 hours of banging,
cutting, grinding, drilling, hoisting, and welding, we welcomed the re-opening
of the South side stairway on September 15. It was all
smiles and compliments as that day’s first outbound rush hour peak train
passengers took the new stairs. Not only a big improvement in design and
condition, the two new landings, and 34 new steps and risers, also means a more
convenient commute for many Framingham riders.
Also in September,
we began to see the results of our installation of 4 Big Belly waste and
recycling stations. Of the 200 pounds of weekly trash collected at
Framingham Intermodal, one quarter of the volume has now been diverted into the
recycling stream, away from landfill or incineration.
During the cooler
mornings of the coming month, beginning October 16, we invite you
to stop by Monday through Thursday between the hours of 6AM and 9AM for a cup
of coffee available from the Coffee Cabin in the Waverly St. parking lot while
you check out these recent improvements!JULY 2017
Work on replacing the inbound and outbound stairs at the Framingham Commuter Rail Station commenced this month starting with the inbound side staircase. We're anticipating the work replacing the old corroded stair treads and risers with a galvanized steel will take about 7 weeks per side. While this creates the inconvenience of elevator access only while each set of stairs is taken out of service sequentially, we believe it will be well-worth it once finished and appreciate our customers' patience. We are also planning to introduce our state-of-the-art waste and recycling recepticles, "BigBelly's", to our intermodal terminal. They are high-capacity, solar-powered and allow, for the first time, recycling of certain trash. Lastly, we continue to work on signage and security cameras while contractors and the Framingham DPW put the final touches on parking and sidewalk improvements.
During the month of June new enclosed bicycle lockers have been installed and readied for monthly rental, available in August. Additionally, as crews continued with paving and sidewalk improvements, a new maintenance shed was constructed. This new building will allow our intermodal team storage of the equipment and supplies necessary to maintain our intermodal terminal throughout the year and in New England's four-season weather. Lastly, the Intermodal Team welcomed a new member, Tom, who assumes a full-time on-site position handling customer service and on-going operations.
**Beginning Monday, June 26th, the inbound side staircase will be CLOSED for repairs. To access the Outbound side, please use the elevator, or travel to the lights at the intersection of Routes 126 & 135 to get across safely.**
APRIL & MAY 2017
Major work continued throughout April and May as contractors, the Framingham DPW and the Intermodal team busied themselves with many facility improvements. Projects improving parking, lighting, sidewalks and security, as well as continued maintenance and cleaning, have been in high gear as we work to improve our intermodal terminal.
In preparation for the opening of the new parking lot, No Overnight parking signs have been posted throughout the parking lots. The signs list the times that a vehicle will be towed at owner's expense if left in any of the Framingham Commuter Rail Station lots. Towing will begin on Monday, March 27, 2017. Vehicles towed from parking lots must contact Henry's Towing at 508-875-9152.
JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2017
During the months of January and February, Framingham Intermodal was hit with a substantial amount of snow in a short period of time. The plowing company that manages the Northside and the Southside commuter rail parking lots did a fantastic job clearing the snow and keeping the lots salted. New advertising has been installed around the station and more spaces are available to interested advertisers.
During the month of November, the Framingham Commuter Rail Station continued to be cleaned, especially in areas along the fence in the Banana Lot. Truck loads of trash, leaves, and bush trimmings were removed from the area. By cleaning up areas along the fence, visibility for parking spaces increased and it is now easier for parking enforcement to scan inspection stickers if needed. You will also start to notice the old red “Pay Here” boards will disappear and be replaced by new clean boards. This certainly gives the station a cleaner feel. However, even bigger improvements such as the crucial updating of the elevators is set to begin in late December. These updates will include everything from lock-out switches to new elevator doors. Once the elevators are updated, the next big project will be the stairs at the station, and all the new improvements don't stop there. Let’s not forget that the new parking lot with over 200 spaces will be operational in the Spring of 2017. These spaces will not only be located close to the station but will provide much needed additional parking. New lighting will be placed throughout the parking lot to increase safety. New lighting, the addition of video surveillance, and on the ground security, will help make the Framingham Station and parking areas significantly safer. By next summer, the difference in the station will be quite noticeable in more ways then one.
During the month of October, the Framingham Commuter Rail Station has
received some much need T.L.C. The Framingham Intermodal Team has been working hard throughout the past couple of weeks cleaning, updating, and landscaping the areas surrounding the Framingham Commuter Rail station. A big thank you to Landscape Depot for donating mulch to Framingham Intermodal. It’s community partnerships like this that are needed and really make quite a difference. Everyone on the Landscape Depot Team has been wonderful and very helpful. There is already a noticeable difference in the area making it more inviting for people who use the train or buses. As the area continues to look better and feel safer, we will focus our efforts on security, both on the ground and in the air. We are still in the beginning stages of building Framingham Intermodal with more great updates on their way!