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THE INDIGO LINE
A PROPOSAL FOR IMPROVED SERVICE AND GREATER UTILIZATION OF THE FAIRMOUNT BRANCH
The Indigo Line is in the news again. In the Boston Globe: MBTA Weighs Idea of Expanded Line. In The Dorchester Reporter: T Study Could Lead to New Transit Rail Line. And in the Bay State Banner: MBTA consultant says proposed Dorchester rail line is feasible (click on the link in the box on the right to get the article or click here).
Public Meetings Concluded
The MBTA has concluded the first round of public meetings for its Indigo Line/Fairmount Branch Phase 1 Improvement Study. During the months of November and December 2001, residents, the business community, and political leaders representing the neighborhoods of Four Corners/Codman Square, Hyde Park, Uphams Corner and Mattapan were invited to list their goals and objectives for the Indigo Line. The overwhelming consensus was that the neighborhoods abutting the existing Fairmount Branch deserve service equivalent to that enjoyed by MBTA riders in other neighborhoods of the city. Thanks to all who participated! The MBTA's consultant for the study, KKO & Associates, will compile information gathered at the public meetings and report back to the Project Steering Committee. KKO plans to issue a final recommendation by April 2002.
Send Letters to the Consultant
While the meetings have ended, the consultant will continue to accept letters of support from the public for the Indigo Line. Please address letters to:
KKO & Associates
2 Dundee Park
Andover, MA 01810
Yawa can also be reached through KKO’s 800 #: 1-800-KKO-RAIL (1-800-556-7245).
The Indigo Line - as a mixture of blue and purple, the color indigo reflects the line’s hybrid quality, as cross between rapid transit and traditional commuter rail.
The proposed Indigo Line is an exciting new initiative put together by the MBTA Advisory Board, a watchdog agency representing the 175 cities and towns in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (Boston, MA), and the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, a neighborhood group in the Boston borough Dorchester.
The proposal calls for the cost-effective transformation of an existing commuter rail line.
Known as the Fairmount Branch, the right-of-way travels through the densely-populated, inner-city neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. The current route is characterized by long distances between stations and long waits between trains. This level of service does not meet the needs of the residents who abut the line.
The new Indigo Line would transform service in the corridor from commuter rail to rapid transit, to better meet the local travel patterns of the neighborhoods through which it travels.
For more information on this innovative, common-sense transportation improvement, please click on one of the links listed below.
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