Sunday, July 21, 2024

Signs of decay in the Central Square T stop in Cambridge on March 8. (Photo: Marc Levy)

The MBTA released a plan Thursday for improvements to elevators and escalators at its Central Square station on the red line in Cambridge, with several other upgrades packaged around them.

“Central Square Station is one of Cambridge’s busiest subway stations” and yet doesn’t meet current accessibility requirements, the T noted in an email alert. “This project will provide elevators and other improvements for rider accessibility needs.”

Construction on the $35 million project is expected to start in the spring and end in mid-2026, the T said. The project adds two new elevators – one on each of the inbound and outbound platform – as well as replaces the existing elevator on the outbound platform. The station will end with four elevators, according to MBTA schematics.

The agency also will update the existing inbound escalator, upgrade the public restroom and build an accessible fire- and smoke-proof area on each platform for riders awaiting rescue and evacuation during crises. 

Interior lighting will be replaced, the station will be cleaned and painted throughout, and there will be improvements to wayfinding signs, fare collection, and power and communication systems, the T said.