Boston’s official bid for Amazon’s second headquarters includes this nugget: “Boston has an extensive web of rail transit for regional and local access and a robust international airport. From global to regional connections, getting to and around Boston is easier than ever.”
Sure, why not? In reality, of course, driving, training, and busing (and biking and walking) around Boston can be a titanic hassle replete with delays, would-famous congestion, and unexpected detours and closures.
To put the best face on things for the e-commerce giant, though, Boston talked up its transit infrastructure, including the long-planned connection of the Blue and Red lines.
The state officially shelved that approximately 1,500-foot project in 2015, as the Globe’s Adam Vaccaro notes, with no plans as of yet to jumpstart it. Still, Boston included it in its Amazon bid.
The city assumed other transportation improvements as well, including:
- A $25 million commuter rail station in Revere, near the Wonderland Blue Line stop (which is, of course, near the Suffolk Downs site that would likely host any Boston Amazon HQ).
- The Silver Line extending to said Suffolk Downs site from its current terminus at Logan Airport (hey, it’s already going north to Chelsea).
- $40 million of roadwork on Route 1A to relieve congestion.
Let’s go ahead and throw in the Blue Line to Lynn. Deal?
- Boston’s Amazon bid relies in part on nonexistent transit options [Globe]
- Biking in Boston: A local’s guide on how to get there routinely and safely [Curbed Boston]
- Boston traffic among world’s worst, new report says [Curbed Boston]
- Boston’s Amazon bid hinges on Suffolk Downs [Curbed Boston]
- Silver Line from Chelsea into downtown Boston to start in April 2018 [Curbed Boston]
- Boston transportation projects that need to hurry up and arrive [Curbed Boston]