Letter: What was the T Thinking With the Flat Roof for New Busway?

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The new Washington Street busway and canopy in the location of the former MBTA parking lot. Designed by URS architects and engineers ( now Aecom Corp.,Los Angeles. ) Louis Free chief designer. It is in 30% design stage

The new Washington Street busway. URS architects and engineers ( Now Aecom).

Richard Heath

The new Washington Street busway. URS architects and engineers ( Now Aecom).

Dear Editor,

I have been reading your ongoing reports about all the changes taking place in the Forest Hills area with great interest. I take a bus each work day to Forest Hills in order to continue on the subway to work in Boston. I appreciate your news reports, since the MBTA has been in no way forthcoming about the changes to the station.

The images which you provided of the renderings for the new station are so very sad. The new look is dull as ditch water, in no way maintaining the unique architectural character of the old station. But even worse, after this last, extremely snowy winter, what were they thinking to design the canopies with such a wide expanse of flat roof? Is it because it is cheap to build? But how cheap will it be to remove the snow? Or do they just plan to leave the snow there to increase in weight with each subsequent storm, putting all of us who must use that station at risk?

Thank you again for your very informative and well-written articles.

Barbara Nachtigall
Roslindale

[Editor's note: Above and below are renderings of the design for the upper busway that Nachtigall references in her letter.]

The busway will extend on a platform over the Hyde Park Avenue parking lot. Foundations for the supports have been completed and the posts will be built this fall.

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The busway will extend on a platform over the Hyde Park Avenue parking lot. Foundations for the supports have been completed and the posts will be built this fall.

The new Washington Street busway and canopy in the location of the former MBTA parking lot. Designed by URS architects and engineers ( now Aecom Corp.,Los Angeles. ) Louis Free chief designer. It is in 30% design stage

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The new Washington Street busway and canopy in the location of the former MBTA parking lot. Designed by URS architects and engineers ( now Aecom Corp.,Los Angeles. ) Louis Free chief designer. It is in 30% design stage

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