RED-BLUE CONNECTOR

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Connecting the Blue Line to the Red Line at Charles/MGH will improve core system capacity, relieve crowding in the downtown transfer stations, expand regional access and improve social equity.

status: The connector IS included in THE 2020-2024 CIP
next milestone: COMMITMENT TO funding and DESIGN


MAY-JUNE 2019 | WE NEED YOUR HELP:

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT WITH A COMMENT

The Comment period for the 2020-2024 cip is now open through june 10. please submit your comments VIA THE ONLINE FEEDBACK SYSTEM: gis.massdot.state.ma.us/cip/.

THE CONNECTOR CAN BE FOUND IN:

"2019 MBTA Projects" > "MBTA Rapid Transit Projects" > "Red-Blue Connector."
View help video: https://twitter.com/harrymattison/status/1133819669478039552


the template below CAN HELP YOU:

I am pleased to see that the Red to Blue Connector via extending the Blue Line to Charles/MGH was included in the 2020-2024 CIP. This connector should be a high priority for the MBTA for a number of reasons. First, it completes the legacy inner core subway system and serves as a pressure release valve for the other lines. Today, Park Street and Downtown Crossing are often at or over capacity and Govt Center will face its own pressures once GLX goes into revenue service. The Red-Blue Connector adds much-needed capacity to the system. Second, it provides access to key job centers and destinations: Logan Airport, MGH/Mass Eye and Ear, Kendall Square innovation district, plus MIT/Harvard. Access to and from jobs ought to be a central mission for our transit agency. Third, the Connector adds access to and from housing - especially new housing coming to Suffolk Downs and elsewhere on the Blue Line. Fourth, social equity: a single parent with a sick child in East Boston should be able to get to MGH’s front door on the Blue Line; just as a senior citizen with limited mobility deserves a route to Logan that does not involve the congested Ted Williams Tunnel.

The Red to Blue Connector supports our economy, supports social equity and adds much-needed redundancy and capacity to the subway network. This is why I am asking the MBTA and MassDOT to commit to procuring design-build services for this project by the end of the year. Additionally, I am asking for more specificity in the form of an action plan that shows a road map to a 2024/2025 construction start. Thank you for the chance to share my comments.

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Timeline

  • MAY 2019 - the MassDOT/MBTA Capital Investment Plan (CIP) has been released for public comment. The Red-Blue Connector is included, but funding and design details are vague.

  • MAR 18 2019 - the MBTA FMCB voted to release the final draft of Focus40, which included revised language for the Red-Blue Connector.

  • FEB 4 2019 - Sec. Pollack announced the Red-Blue Connector will be included in Focus40 as a “next priority” to be completed by 2040.

  • JAN 2019 - MassDOT's Focus40 draft for the 2040 transportation vision lowered the priority of the long-awaited (& originally, mandated as Big Dig mitigation) connection of the Red & Blue Lines at Charles/MGH in favor of a long walkway connection between State & Downtown Crossing. TransitMatters built a coalition of riders, advocates and elected officials and successfully lobbied the MBTA FMCB to call for the inclusion of the Connector in Focus40.


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