T riders in Quincy will pay subway rates to ride into Boston on the commuter rail during the nearly two-year closure of the Wollaston Red Line station starting next month.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is reducing the cost of a commuter rail trip between Quincy Center and South Station during the Wollaston closure from $6.25 to $2.25, the cost of a subway ride. Passengers will be allowed to pay these fares with plastic CharlieCards, which are usually not accepted on the commuter rail.
It’s an olive branch intended to lessen the impact of the station’s 20-month closure for construction, which will make it assessible for passengers with disabilities and add new bathrooms, lighting, and drainage. The $33 million project will begin January 8.
While the station will be closed for riders, 413 of its 538 parking spots will still be available. Shuttle buses will run between Wollaston, North Quincy, and Quincy Center, allowing riders to choose between the Red Line or reduced-fare commuter rail.Adam Vaccaro can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @adamtvaccaro.