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Forest Hills Sta. to Improve, But Not By Much

The Casey Arborway project will create changes at the 26-year-old station, but structurally it will stay about the same.

With reports of falling concrete and graffiti at the station, it seems as though the site is in need of repairs beyond what lies ahead through the Casey Arborway project.

Structural upgrades, however, are not on the way.

Michael Verseckes, spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, said despite a few changes as part of the Casey project, the station is not going to get a major overhaul.

“It’s not in sore need of it,” he said. “If there was a real pressing need to reconfigure the whole station the two projects would have been lumped together.”

Universal Hub, by way of Boston’s Citizen Connect website, reported that a chunk of concrete fell on the commuter rail platform at Forest Hills Station Tuesday.

A downed Amtrak wire at the station caused delays throughout regional transit Jan. 7 during the morning and afternoon commutes.

In December, Universal Hub reported that an upper busway pole had been defaced with Twitter handles written in marker and pen.

The entire bus canopy will be demolished and rebuilt, there will be three bus lanes and parking will be built out from its current location as part of Casey.

The station was opened in 1909 and served as a hub for the original elevated train, but was rebuilt in 1987 when the el was demolished.

Verseckes said though the Casey Overpass is beyond repair, by comparison, Forest Hills Station is not.

“The Casey Overpass is at an advanced state of deterioration,” he said. “On a scale of 1 to 10, that being a 1, Forest Hills is on the other end of that scale, though maybe not a 10.”

Eddie G. January 31, 2013 at 02:21 PM
What a waste of space. We could have musicians, food carts, arts shows but none of that is done at FH's. Having these types of things would improve traffic through the station and make it feel more comfortable. So much wasted space :(
Liam Sullivan January 31, 2013 at 02:39 PM
It's a pity that renovation and redesign cannot be included with the Forest Hills Improvement Initiative. The station could be built into a larger building of commercial/residential space that would be a model for transit-oriented development.
Vivian Lee January 31, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Innovative TOD might include a new attractive bridge that includes vibrant retail underneath (like in London and Berlin!), would activate the station, and help local economy while leaving space on the ground for community and greenway connections. Instead MassDOT wants to build a six lane highway to bring all the regional cars (pavement and pollution!) into the mix that is this major transportation hub. This is all under the guise of "Olmsted's vision" and alleged bike amenities while going through design contortions (no left turns!) just to handle the massive amount of cars and buses and other modes that swirl around the station.

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