Green Line Extension

As reported today in the Boston Globe, the Green Line is going to be getting an extension into Somerville and West Medford. They are also extending commuter rail (Fairmont line) into Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park.

Two things that won’t be happening, according to the article, are a connection between the Red and Blue lines, and the reinstatement of the Arborway trolley through Jamaica Plain.

Any extensions and expansions of Boston’s ‘T’ are welcomed in my book. Getting onto the Red Line from the Blue Line would make commuting to the airport via public transportation much more accessible. The trolley system in JP would make it much easier to get to that funky part of town. Extending the Green Line sounds like a good idea, but will the ‘B’ train continue to stop every 15 feet?

I’m moving to Hyde Park at the end of July, so I’m happy about more commuter rail trains stopping there.

Anyone think this is a bad idea? What are the cons of extending public transportation in the Hub? I can’t think of a single one.

3 Comments so far

  1. adamg (unregistered) on May 19th, 2005 @ 8:00 pm

    Hyde Park actually has two commuter lines – the Fairmount line, which has little service and the Stoughton line, which has relatively frequent service through Hyde Park (the station’s off Hyde Park Avenue).

  2. TC (unregistered) on May 20th, 2005 @ 2:05 pm

    Cons? None. There’s long-disused streetcar track all over Somerville- I forget exactly where all the lines ran but it was fairly extensive. This is brilliant. Now if only they’d run a line up Cambridge St. in Cambridge to Inman Square.

  3. rdelima (unregistered) on May 27th, 2005 @ 8:47 am

    IF you ever driven through Centre St it would become painfully obvious why reinstating Arborway trolley through Jamaica Plain was a bad idea. Quoting a friend rom fthe area, “finally common sense has won”

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