Commuter rail gives Fairmount a boost
The Fairmount commuter rail line will see service increased, new schedules, and cheaper fares from one station starting next month, officials from the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company announced.
Six new daily round trips will be added and other schedule changes made after the recent opening of two new stations on the line, Newmarket and Four Corners/Geneva Avenue, the announcement e-mailed to riders Monday said.
Fares from one station, Fairmount, will be reduced from $5.50 to $2 per trip, according to the announcement. The fare adjustment means that trips between all stations on the line cost $2, with one exception: traveling the entire line from Readville to South Station or from South Station to Readville will cost $6.
The changes take effect July 1, the announcement said.
In recent months, the MBTA has opened three stations along the 9.2-mile Fairmount Line, bringing the total number of stations to eight, including South Station.
The Talbot Avenue station opened last fall. Newmarket and Four Corners/Geneva Avenue stations opened this spring and summer. One more, the Blue Hill Avenue Station is planned to be added.
The new stations are part of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Rehabilitation Project, launched in 2005. The $135 million project aims to boost ridership along the line by providing an alternative for commuters who live and work around the corridor.
Among the MBTA’s dozen commuter rail lines, the Fairmount is the shortest, has the lowest ridership, and is the only one that exclusively serves Boston.
The railway runs from South Station through Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park, where it ends at the Readville Station.