The railroad yard was old, probably dating to the 1800s (would have to look it up). Built by the Boston & Albany RR, part of the New York Central System. It eventually went to Penn Central, then Conrail, and finally CSX Transportation. Well, CSX has pulled back to Worcester if I remember correctly, meaning that almost all freight now moves into and out of Boston by truck. The MBTA still runs commuter trains along the line that this yard was on.
That unfortunate reality aside, the abandonment of the yard means that the Allston interchange on the Mass Pike can be rebuilt and simplified and 60-100 acres of land reclaimed for new uses. Very cool!
Many years ago, before many of you were born, I lived in the Boston metropolitan statistical area. I still have something of a fondness for the area and am, as you probably imagine, intrigued by their transit system.
I’ll post something about that later, but today’s NARP Hotline had a blurb about proposed state transit funding that included the MBTA’s Silver Line, an interesting if weird transit line in Boston.
What caught my eye is that they are planning to extend it past its current northern terminal at Logan Airport into Chelsea, part of an area I worked in for a while and where I still have some friends. Anyway, here are some links, including a map.
Silver Line Gateway Project
Map of Silver Line Chelsea extension