Whether it’s the early streetcar suburbs, the presence of America’s oldest subway, or what was once the world’s busiest rail terminal, the form and structure of Boston was cemented by rail. This tour will travel through Boston’s transit history and future. We’ll visit Park Street Station, a key link in the city’s transit network and part of North America’s first subway line. Then, we’ll check out the historic Mattapan Trolley and learn about the adjacent Neponset River Trail. We’ll also bike to new infrastructure that has connected the trail to communities of color in Boston’s southern neighborhoods.
At other stops, we’ll discuss efforts to create an urban rail line with subway-like frequencies, and the role of transit in shaping an emerging mixed-use neighborhood. Along the way, we’ll hear from advocates, planners and business groups about efforts to make—and make the case—for better transit. We’ll end the tour with light refreshments at the Bully Boy Distillery.
Mode: Walking, Transit