FOXBOROUGH – The MBTA will begin making a scheduled stop in Foxborough as part of a new pilot program beginning today, October 21.
As confirmed by Fox 25 Boston, the test pilot program will run for one year with stops made daily at Foxboro Station for commuters near Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place. The stop will be part of the Franklin and Fairmount lines.
Previously the MBTA was only making stops for commuters on game days and when major events where held. Trains will now stop ten times a day at the popular location with the first stop starting at 5:47 a.m..
For riders traveling in the opposite direction, the MBTA will implement a special reverse commuter fare, according to The Sun Chronicle.
In celebration of the new pilot program, the Kraft Group is slated to make an appearance on Monday with the Patriots cheerleaders and the team's mascot, Pat Patriot. The group will give out prizes, as well as beverages and snacks to commuters.
"The Kraft Group has long welcomed Commuter Rail service here at Foxborough Station to alleviate the congestion faced at nearby stations while offering the opportunity for tremendous growth in the region with a potential influx of reverse commuters from the Boston area," Patriot Place Vice President Brian Earley stated.
"This pilot program is a step towards that potential development and we're happy to partner with the MBTA and the Town of Foxborough upon the station's opening this Monday"
With 500 parking spots now available with parking just $4 a day, commuting for football fans and those shopping at Patriots Place will made easier. Some residents who live near the stop however, are not happy about the new MBTA scheduled stop with those in Walpole most concerned.
To deal with the added vehicle and foot traffic, Walpole police are placing officers at the railroad crossing on Summer Street to ensure public safety as the pilot program gets underway.