Chelsea will receive four new Silver Line stations, expected to start service in late 2016, as part of an $82.5 million transit expansion that will move the city’s commuter rail station to the Silver Line’s Mystic Mall terminus, the Patrick administration announced Thursday.
Officials expect the line to carry 9,000 riders per day, with a 15- to 19-minute commute from Chelsea to the South Boston Seaport, and a stop at the Blue Line’s Airport Station.
The city of roughly 37,000 north of Boston has an onramp to the Tobin Bridge, a commuter rail stop and bus routes, but no other transit.
“Bringing Silver Line service to Chelsea will provide an even more convenient and cost-effective route for its residents and neighbors to connect with the vibrant opportunity growing in the Seaport District and the City of Boston," said Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Richard Davey in a statement.
The service will go along the Coughlin Bypass Road and the Chelsea Street Bridge, onto the new Grand Junction busway, stopping at Eastern Avenue, Box District, Chelsea and Mystic Mall.
The commuter rail stop will move from Sixth Street to a new transit hub, behind Market Basket. A new $3 million, three-quarter-mile Chelsea Greenway will be constructed along an old rail route, connecting the new Box District, nearby the current commuter rail, to Bellingham Hill, overlooking Chelsea Creek.