The new parking lot on the north side of the Framingham Station is having a soft opening on Monday June 12, 2017. From the MWRTA:
"Banana Lot" - the existing parking lot, north of the train station and north of the eastern side of the freight track wye leading to the CSX North Yard. It's called the "banana lot" because it is shaped like a banana alongside the freight track. Access to the Banana Lot is via a small unnamed side street off of Howard Street in downtown Framingham. Use "47 Howard Street" in your GPS to get you to the general area.
"Infield Lot" - my new name for the new parking lot on the "infield" or between the west and east legs of the wye leading to the CSX North Yard. This lot is directly north of the train station platforms. We'll see if we can make my new name stick. Access to the Infield Lot is from the Banana Lot via a new grade crossing across the freight track.
"Route 135 / South Lot" - the existing parking lot along the south side of the main line tracks, directly adjacent to REoute 135 / Waverly Street. No modifications are being made to this lot.
All of these lots are owned by the MBTA and managed by the MWRTA. They are all zone 4254 for payment by the PayByPhone app. For more details on parking apps, see item #5 here.
1) As noted in the tweet above, parking in the Banana lot along the guardrail (south side of the Banana lot) will be prohibited. I'm not sure why, but I'm guessing they might be installing additional permanent fencing along that alignment.
2) Only the northernmost row of the new Infield parking lot will be available. This is highlighted in yellow on the figure above, and also shown by the arrangement of traffic cones in the photos below. The remainder of the parking spaces are unavailable because security cameras are being installed on the light poles. It appears there will be about 50 spaces available in the Infield lot, which should be adequate to replace the unavailable spaces along the guardrail in the Banana lot. (There are additional spaces available in the Pearl Street parking garage which don't usually fill up, if you can't find a space in either the Infield or Banana lots).
3) The existing pedestrian crossing across the freight track from the Banana lot to the main line track 1 platform will be closed permanently. To get from the Banana lot to the station, pedestrians will have to walk to the new automobile grade crossing across the freight track and use the new access point to the station.
4) A new pedestrian access walkway will be open for the new Infield lot near the elevator and pedestrian bridge. See figure above and photos below.
Click on any of the pictures below for a full size version.