SYSTRA provides the full range of consulting services to commuter railroads. We plan new commuter rail routes and route extensions, provide operations analysis and system optimization services, design track, systems, stations and facilities and provide program and construction management services for capital projects. Our planners and engineers, many with years of experience at commuter rail agencies, provide state-of-the-art plans and designs to commuter rail agencies.Representative Projects:
MBTA Wilmington Commuter Rail Station Improvements
The Wilmington Commuter Rail Station Improvements Project was a multifaceted endeavor to redevelop a three-acre site as a fully accessible MBTA commuter rail station and 200-car commuter parking lot.
Although Wilmington had a MBTA station stop, existing passenger facilities were limited to a single wooden boarding platform without canopy coverage or other amenities. New facilities included two low-level boarding platforms, two accessible mini high-level platforms with ramps and stairs, new platform canopies, an accessible pedestrian track-crossing, new station lighting, new benches, new signage, and other amenities. The improved facility provides an inviting and safe environment for MBTA customers.
From an urban design perspective, the station created an "activity node" in the town center of Wilmington. It was hoped that a greater physical and visual presence along the main streetscape would contribute to a redefinition of the town's civic infrastructure, acting as a catalyst for increased transit-oriented and commercial development. Expansion of the commuter parking facilities tapped the potential ridership market previously unable to find parking.
In conjunction with the new architectural design, the existing tracks and signals of the Lowell Line and Wildcat Branch were realigned through the station. Existing Wildcat Branch grade crossing signals were reconfigured to provide preemption to a new traffic signal located at the new parking lot accessway.
As the prime consultant, SYSTRA provided project management, track, signals and communications, architectural, site engineering, and security review services, which had extended from preliminary design through final design and construction phase services.
Pedestrian Track Crossing