Quick facts on the new MBTA Mystic River Path agreement
- * The proposed settlement opens a 15-20 foot strip of land at the edge
of the MBTA property to public access, for construction of a path open
to pedestrians and bicycles. The path will serve as a buffer to protect
* The MBTA property occupies .35 miles of prime riverbank. Half the
property is used for storage of surplus materials, half is an active bus
yard. At this time, buses are parked within a few feet of the river's
edge. Oil from the parking lot appears to drain directly into the river.
* The MBTA yard was built on a pier that extends over Commonwealth
tidelands, into the Mystic River. This pier was originally used for the
old elevated Orange line.
See segment "A-B" on the enclosed map for the location. The current
path dead-ends in a loop, jsut before the MBTA fence.
As Anthony Flint recently wrote in the globe, "[the Mystic] is the scene
of some of the most exciting placemaking in the Boston area.". The goal
of advocates is a connected network of pathways, with strong connections
to residences, shopping, and public transit. Such a network, if built,
would benefit the environment, our children, and increase opportunities
for everyone to get physical exercise. Provision of public spaces may
help influence the style and form of development in Assembly Square,
hopefully resulting in a walkable, green, dense, and transit friendly
Maps of the regional path vision are online at
http://www.pathfriends.org/ . Information on a related project is at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MysticCrossing/ . Our efforts have been
supported in part by a grant of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in
support of health (See http://www.activelivingbydesign.org/ ).
PS: It is 1.6 miles to walk around the bus yard the long way.