Meets local elected officials at Ashland Train Station
Ashland – MBTA Advisory Board Chairman, Mayor Thomas P. Koch of Quincy visited Ashland’s MBTA Train Station today. May Koch is the Advisory Board’s appointee to the MBTA Board of Directors, and is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Massachusetts Department Of Transportation’s Board of Directors. Ashland Select Board Chair Joseph Magnani welcomed Mayor Koch to the station. He was joined by Select Board’s Vice Chair, Brandi Kinsman, as well as Select Board colleague Rob Scherer. Scherer is Ashland’s representative on the MBTA Advisory Board, and also chairs its Commuter Rail Subcommittee. Ashland’s Town Manager Michael Herbert, representatives of the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, Brian Kane, Executive Director of the MBTA Advisory Board and members of the public also participated in today’s visit.
Ashland Station is on the MBTA’s Worcester line, and opened in 1992. 19 trains per day service the station in each direction. Pre-COVID, just under 1,000 passengers boarded trains daily at this busy station, which also hosts nearly 700 parking spots. During the visit and discussion with local leaders concern at the state of good repair of the station and is steal superstructure were discussed, along with other matters of local concern.
The MBTA Advisory Board is a regional government body, comprised of the Mayor, Select Board Chair, or other CEO of the 175 cities and towns served by the MBTA, or their designees. Advisory Board communities are paying the MBTA $180 million in FY2022.