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A plan to make the Sharon commuter rail station handicappe-accessible is expected to begin early next month, according to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. Engineers from Jacobs Engineering Group outlined the plan in a meeting with the Board of Selectmen on July 9. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is addressing a list of accessibility problems, including platforms that do not provide at-grade entry to trains, ramps that are too steep, parking spaces that are not close enough to the accessible entrance, a lack of curb cuts at the accessible parking spaces, and noncompliant bathrooms and doorways. The cost of an earlier plan by the MBTA to make accessibility improvements to the platforms triggered a review by the state’s Architectural Access Board, and the station must now be brought up to code.

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