johnpbarlow wrote:Will an MBTA station be built adjacent to the Everett casino?
Nope. Although a bus on the new Silver Line Gateway busway could easily turn out at the last stop at Mystic Mall in Chelsea, go through the Mall back lot, turn down relatively uncongested Beacham St., and hit Broadway in Everett 3 blocks away from the casino main entrance...making brisk time. That may ultimately be what the door-to-door casino transit of choice becomes from downtown, since it would be a free transfer from Red to Silver at South Station. For others, there's such a thick net of adjacent buses out of Sullivan Sq. and Wellington nobody's at a loss for hyper-frequent two-seaters from multiple Orange Line stops...and that's even before considering what shuttle buses Wynn Resorts ends up running itself out of Wellington, Assembly, Sullivan, and/or North Station.
There won't ever be a commuter rail stop there. The grades off the Everett approach of the Mystic River bridge are among the Top 3 steepest on the commuter rail system, and the Eastern Route is a freight clearance route until the Everett Terminal jobs turn out at Everett Jct. just after the grade. So you'd have a mini-high only, awkwardly sloped CR platform that may not adequately meet all safety guidelines given the compromised braking distance and sightlines for outbound trains coming off the superelevated curve in the middle of the bridge and low platforms giving too much leeway to wander into the track area. Whether 'legal' or not, the T would be rightfully skittish enough of the design compromises required to site it right at the casino's backdoor that there'd be extreme reluctance to ever build. And unfortunately the next-nearest site where full-high platforms could be built at level grade is at Santilli Circle between the Everett Jct. switch and the curve (i.e. Charlton/Bowdoin St.'s). A few blocks too far from the casino and few blocks too close to Wellington to be an adequate ridership catchment.
You'll have to wait until the day they ever build the Urban Ring's Lechmere-Chelsea-Logan quadrant as light rail before ever getting a true one-seat train trip that lets off within 50 paces of the casino entrance. Fortunately between Orange, the Wellington/Sullivan buses, and that pending SL Gateway project the area is saturated by a very thick net of pre-existing transit coverage. It's very easy to get to, and probably will have those dedicated Wynn shuttles running at peak gaming hours to Orange and NS ferrying the out-of-towners who don't want to take a Yellow Line bus.