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The Most Interesting Idea of the Year in Greater Boston

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It's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the good, the bad and the ugly in the Greater Boston real estate universe. Yep, it's the fifth annual Curbed Boston Awards, y'all!

One of the T's most annoying features is a lack of a direct rail link between North and South stations, two of the busiest transit hubs not only in the Boston area, but in the entire Northeast. In October, then-City Councilman Steve Murphy proposed a solution that everyone found amusing at first and then kind of compelling.

Murphy announced that an unnamed private company was amenable to building a solar-powered "personal rapid transit" system (a.k.a. monorail) through the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The rail line would connect North and South stations, thereby fulfilling a dream transit advocates have had since at least the Big Dig. Murphy also said the new route would ease traffic on the T. As it stands, the state is looking at rapid-transit systems for the region, too, and Murphy failed to garner much support in the council for the monorail idea. He also lost a re-election bid the month after his announcement (connection?), though his pitch remains as viable an option as any other for connecting the two hubs. Stay tuned. This ain't just an Ogdenville idea anymore.
· Solar-Powered Monorail Pitched For Rose Kennedy Greenway [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Awards '15 archive [Curbed Boston]

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