Since I started making these maps years ago I’ve talked to many people who have had great ideas about expanding the MBTA in various ways. Up until now these have just existed on internet forums or in emails, but why waste such a great resource like this website on just my ideas? If you have an expansion plan I want you to send it in. I don’t care if you just want to pull the Blue Line somewhere or if you want to reinvent the entire system, I want to see it (in fact, the crazier the better). I realize that most people might not be so artistic so I recommend using Google Maps and sending me the link which I can then post here. Please send a description of your idea as well.
Lets get a conversation started!! Send your ideas to vanshnookenraggen [at] gmail [dot] com.
The first comes from Erik:
One is my conception of an Urban Ring. Rings, actually – there’s an inner and outer ring that meet all other T lines, and meet each other at one point (South Bay/Newmarket). The inner ring would run through South Bay/Newmarket, E Berkeley St (at Washington), South Station, Aquarium, Battery Wharf, City Square, Community College, Brickbottom, Inman Sq, Harvard Sq, Harvard Stadium, Allston Village, Coolidge Corner, Brookline Village, Roxbury Crossing, Dudley, and then back to Newmarket. The outer ring would run through South Bay/Newmarket, South Boston (Broadway/Dorchester St), Pavillion/Seaport (Seaport Blvd/Congress St), Airport, Chelsea, Everett, Wellington, Medford Square, West Medford, Arlington Ctr, Alewife, Mt. Auburn, Arsenal, Brighton Ctr, Cleveland Cir/Reservoir, Fisher Hill/Newbury College, Jamaicaway, Stony Brook, Grove Hall, Uphams Corner, and then back to Newmarket.
My other idea is not a ring, but of a new color line that could be implemented instead of the proposed Green Line extension. It would start in Readville/Hyde Park, run up through Mattapan and Dorchester, up Mass Ave through Boston and over/under the Charles, eventually cutting northeast across Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Malden. Proposed stops at Readville, Fairmount, Mattapan, Morton Street, Grove Hall, Uphams Corner, South Bay/Newmarket, BU Medical Center (at Harrison Ave), Tremont St, Symphony, Hynes Convention Ctr, MIT, Central Sq, Inman Sq, Union Sq, School St, Lowell St, Ball Sq, College Ave/Tufts, Medford Sq, Fellsway, and Malden Ctr.
Next is one from Garrett LaBonte:
[One] thing I have been thinking of, but, haven’t gotten it down precisely yet, is why not connect the blue-line to the red-line Braintree extension?
Blue-line North would stay as is, expect get rid of Bowdoin, have it continue to MGH as “planned”, have it turn south along the Charles, then have it either stay close to down-town along say Arlington street, with a portal by the current fly-overs to JFK.
Or have it for a bit further west and connect through Back Back state, BU Med Center and South Cove Shopping Center, then to JFK.
Either way I figure you get a small inner loop for the city, that should take some pressure off the Green-line, and allows more movement for people coming South/West.
This from Samuel Wyner:
I have been reading your Future MBTA site and I like it a lot. I currently live in Belmont so I like seeing ideas of extensions there. So far, the Red Line is one possibility, but it will probably be extended into Arlington and Lexington because it has a storage yard in Arlington. The Green Line is being extended into Somerville and Medford. I have an idea for a Blue Line extension. It would be from Government Center to Route 128 in Weston. Bowdoin Station will be closed. The line will extend to Charles/MGH like planned. Although the subway map doesn’t show it, Lechmere is not too far from Charles/MGH. It will extend to Lechmere and then Union Square. Form there, it will come over ground and follow the Fitchburg Commuter Rail line. It will stop at Conway after Union Square. Next, it will re-enter Cambridge and stop at Porter. After that, it would stop at Sherman Street and then Cambridge Park. It will not stop at Alewife since it’s a bit too far away from the Fitchburg Line, but Cambridge Park will be within walking distance to Alewife. Next, it will enter Belmont and stop at Blanchard Road. Next it will stop at Belmont Center and Waverley. Next, it will enter Waltham and stop at several stops. First, it will stop at Beaver Street and then Lyman. Next it will stop at Waltham, then Prospect Street, and then Brandies/Roberts. Finally, it will enter Weston and stop at Route 128. Although the station is in Weston, it’s right on the border with Waltham. Thats the end of my idea.
Finally from Christopher Brielman:
I have one, in particular, for the Mattapan High Speed Line, the redheaded stepchild of the MBTA (no pun intended):
The MHSL is very isolated and is the only branch that can only be accessed by one other branch (the Red Line, though on the maps, it looks just as though its part of the Red Line). I suggest extending it to another MBTA terminal station. The most obvious being Forest Hills. I’ve included two proposed routes to connect Forest Hills and Mattapan Stations. The old Green Line Terminus could likely be used for either proposal, with some modifications. I’ve included two google maps directions to outline the route, hopefully they should load correctly.
The first route takes the MHSL from Mattapan up along Blue Hill Ave until it turns left onto Morton St, which eventually goes directly to Forest Hills.
The second route goes along the Cummins Hwy until it turns right onto Hyde Park Ave.
Both routes could, theoretically, extend further, up along the old E line tracks to Heath St. (which have, of course, been removed), thus integrating the MHSL further, by joining it to every line but the blue line.
Thanks for your ideas guys! For other would be planners send in your ideas and I’ll post’em here!