Ayer Station : Platform Accessibility Study
Ayer Station is located south of Main Street in downtown Ayer but is hidden from the street by a row of commercial buildings. Currently, passengers traveling to the inbound track have to cross a parking lot behind the buildings, a freight line, and an atgrade crossing of the outbound track.
Short-term recommendations include accessible parking spaces, a pick-up and drop-of area, passenger shelter, detectable warning edges at both platforms, and a mini-high platform on the inbound track. Long-term recommendations include track reconfiguration to place the freight line between the commuter rail tracks, and the construction of two high platforms connected by a pedestrian bridge with elevators and stairs. By creating an accessible station, the overhead bridge connecting the two platforms, will create a strong visual element among a disparate group of buildings in the town center.