A passel of direct abutters to the proposed Blue Hill Station on the Fairmount Line continued to oppose it at a design meeting held last Thursday, despite wide support in the surrounding neighborhood.
"We certainly don't get the kind of attention that a church in Copley Square gets," said Barbara Fields of the Woodhaven area neighborhood association. "If it is going to impact our homes like we think it will and you can't assure us otherwise, we can't support it." Read more
Though the call for new stops along Fairmount Line commuter rail has been a loud and long one, the station designs on the table are hardly free from concerns and some residents are even demanding the proposed stop at Blue Hill Avenue be moved or simply scuttled.
The Woodhaven Culbert Regis Neighborhood Association penned a strongly worded to Gov. Deval Patrick in opposition to the Blue Hill Avenue stop this week. They state the project will have a negative impact on property values by damaging the area during construction, and by increasing traffic, noise and light pollution. Read more
The immediate future of the Fairmount Line is shaking out as the federal government determines what projects to fund with the $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this month, though on the ground ridership is dropping because of erratic service during construction, forcing the MBTA to issue a new, reduced-service schedule. Read more
With four miles of one track out of service due to bridge construction, the MBTA is tossing their current schedule out the window for a new one to start on April 7. Only 34 percent of morning rush hour trains were able to adhere to it in February anyway.
"I think better information for the public is needed because standing on a platform not knowing whether their train is going to come or if it's not going to come is just not fair," said Pamela Bush, a member of the On The Move Coalition who also sits on the T Oversight Committee. Read more
A new commuter rail station at Four Corners is still about three years from becoming a reality, and design for one at Talbot Avenue is due to start next week, but hazy visions of the future are becoming clearer all the time in the neighborhoods along the Fairmount Line. New developments from local Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are clustering around the future stations, giving an early window on just how much Dorchester and Mattapan will be transformed by them. Read more