The MBTA will hold a public meeting on its plans to construct a new parking garage and make other improvements at the Salem commuter rail station on Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Carlton School, 10 Skerry St. At the meeting, officials will offer an update on the project, which is now at the 60 percent design stage. The estimated $39.9 million project calls for construction of a five-level, 715-space parking garage with new train platforms, an enclosed platform waiting area, and two elevators, according to the MBTA. A bus platform, a taxi lane, and a “kiss-and-ride” drop-off/pick-up area are also included. The garage, fully accessible to people with disabilities, will include charging stations for electric vehicles, and spaces for parking Zipcars, motorcycles, and bicycles, and a parking control system. A covered pedestrian bridge will connect Bridge Street to the elevators and stairs to the train platform. There will be improvements to lighting, signs, and landscaping. The T, effective Monday, is set to close half of the existing parking spaces at Salem station for six to eight weeks to allow for an for archeological field excavation related to the project. Parking is also available at the North Beverly, Montserrat, and Swampscott stations, and at the Lynn garage.
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