Over the past two years, a proposal has been in the works for a major expansion of Bostons South Station. Lawmakers in support of the project point out that this expansion would have benefits for the entire State.
Originally built in 1899, South Station had over 28 tracks to bring people into Boston. After the turn of the century and the rise of the automobile, public transit fell out of favor for many and South Station was sized down to its current state of only 13 tracks. While South Station had remained a landmark in Boston, the station has been overwhelmed in recent years with the growing population and the rising use of public transportation.
The proposed expansion would be an $850 million project that would nearly double South Stations capacity from 13 tracks to 20. It would be financed with a combination of State and Federal grants, along with revenue generated from a high-rise tower that would be built over part of the station to hold offices.
A major component of the plan would be the relocation of the U.S. Postal Service General Mail Facility. This massive mail facility spans almost the entire length of South Station as an unsightly building filled with loading docks. A new mail facility would be built near by in the Seaport District while the freed up space would be used for the expansion and new apartment buildings overlooking the Fort Point Channel.
Dorchester Avenue, which currently serves as a stretch of asphalt to accommodate the mail facility loading docks would be transformed into and pedestrian friendly boulevard. The new walkway would be lined with trees and new streetlights to accommodate the new apartments built next to South Station.
The biggest incentive for the project will be for the thousands of commuters who use South Station every day to get to work in the city. The addition 7 tracks would help eliminate long waits during rush hour.
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Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties