New metro line to connect Back Bay and Seaport

Rail 61 BostonToday, the Boston Globe reports that a forgotten and unused train track that was used to carry freight about 100 years ago could potentially connect the Seaport District to the Back Bay.

The state, with no fanfare, has set aside tens of millions of dollars to launch an innovative train service on a dormant rail line between a pair of the city’s most vital neighborhoods: the Seaport District and the Back Bay.  

The service should be ready to go in just two years, the planning done without any of the drawn-out permitting processes or neighborhood histrionics that impede so much progress in Boston.

Read more about this in today’s Boston Globe, here.

I would LOVE to see this happen.  What are your thoughts?

4 responses to “New metro line to connect Back Bay and Seaport

  1. This is GREAT! I can see it opening a bunch of opportunities for possibly jobs and revenue to the city. Hope it ONLY takes 2 years though. I know train stations that took OVER 5 YEARS to get remodeled.

  2. It sounds like a good idea in theory, but when you see where the track actually runs it’s not quite as exciting. Unfortunately it’s not a straight shot from Back Bay to the Seaport. The existing track starts at Back Bay station and runs down to South Bay, then hooks up through South Boston to the Seaport. It’s not very direct but I suppose it’s better than nothing. The upside is that the new train cars look beautiful.

  3. Very much needed – I hope they can really move it along fast – there is also the old A Line from Park Street out to the South End that could be revamped – rail is mostly faster than a bus (even the Silver Line)

  4. Good for Boston. Here in RI the Apponaug section of Warwick won the $10 million in TIGER grants. Meanwhile the Providence Connector languishes.

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