The city’s Go Boston 2030 transportation plan supports extending the Green Line’s E-branch from Heath Street to Hyde Square, which the Arborway Committee for Public Transit fully supports.
“A one-seat ride into the central subway with direct connections to the Red, Orange, and Blue Lines would be a boon for Hyde Square residents and businesses,” said Franklyn Salimbene, chair of the Arborway Committee for Public Transit (ACPT), via press release. “It would improve transit service for the underserved Hyde Square neighborhood and the more than 1,000 new residents expected to live in new housing being built along South Huntington Avenue.”
Go Boston 2030 is a city initiative that envisions a transportation future for the next five, 10 and 15 years.
The extension would improve access to Hyde Square, Boston’s Latin Quarter, and increase transit capacity along South Huntington Avenue.
Along with extending the Green Line, ACPT would like South Huntington Avenue to be a “complete street” with improved pedestrian amenities and grade-separated cycle tracks for cyclists.
“The ‘complete streets’ approach will make the avenue safe for all users — pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and drivers,” said Kevin Moloney, chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, which supports the proposal.
Numerous other Jamaica Plain area neighborhood groups also support the idea of extending the Green Line to Hyde Square.
“The Jamaica Pond Association strongly endorses the concept of extending the Green Line to Hyde Square. In my own view, making public transit an easier way to travel is a goal that we all should support,” said Rosemary Jones, chair of the Jamaica Pond Association.
Other organizations in support of the Green Line extension include the Hyde Square Task Force, and South Huntington Avenue institutions such as the Mount Pleasant Home, the Sherrill House, AstraZeneca Hope Lodge and the Goddard House.
Also supporting the extension are District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley, and all four at-large city councilors: Michelle Wu, Michael Flaherty, Annissa Essaibi George and Ayanna Pressley.
Previous Jamaica Plain News Coverage of Go Boston 2030.