Possible route of Orange Line extension along Commuter Rail line

Orange Line Extension to Rozzie Square Envisioned

A giant report on how to overhaul the city's transportation system includes an item of keen interest for JP residents: An extension of the Orange Line from Forest Hills to Roslindale Square. City Hall published the report Tuesday. The full 224 pages are required reading for transit advocates. But many neighborhood residents might focus on page 157. It describes how Orange Line riders could get a one-seat ride all the way to Rozzie Square by using track next to the commuter rail bed.

Detail of official Casey Arborway plan showing new entrance to Forest Hills T north of New Washington Street.

Explainer: Why is Forest Hills Down to One Track?

If you've passed through Forest Hills Station since Saturday, you know only one of the two tracks is in use. Why? The short answer is for Casey Arborway construction. The platform will stay down to one track through December. The MBTA has said it has a plan for rush hour so the closure won't cause added delays.


Talk with MassDOT and MBTA about the Future of Transportation at English High on Monday

MassDOT and the MBTA are preparing five-year capital plans for 2017 to 2021 and are holding several public meetings throughout October. One of the first is at English High School on Monday, October 19th. Join the conversation about the future of transportation investments as representatives from MassDOT and the MBTA are on hand to hear your input about transportation needs and capital priorities. If you can't attend a meeting, e-mail comments to masscip@state.ma.us. Below are the scheduled meetings:

Monday, October 19, 6 pm
Boston English High School, 144 McBride St., Boston

Monday, October 19, 4 pm
State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30 pm
Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester

Wednesday, October 21, 6 pm
Leominster City Hall, 25 West St., Leominster

Thursday, October 22, 6:30 pm
Cambridge Rindge and Latin HS, 459 Broadway, Cambridge

Monday, October 26, 6 pm
Braintree City Hall, 1 John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive, Braintree

Monday, October 26, 6 pm
Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst

Tuesday, October 27, 6 pm
Battleship Cove Marine Museum (Ward Room), 5 Water St., Fall River

Tuesday, October 27, 6 pm
Middlesex Community College, Lowell Campus,
33 Kearney Square, Lowell

Wednesday, October 28, 6 pm
Peabody City Hall, Wiggin Auditorium, 24 Lowell St., Peabody

Wednesday, October 28, 6 pm
Natick Town Hall, 13 East Central St., Natick

Thursday, October 29, 6 pm
Pittsfield City Hall, City Council Chamber, 70 Allen St., Pittsfield

Thursday, October 29, 6 pm
Plymouth Town Hall, 11 Lincoln St., Harbor Room, Plymouth

Monday, November 2, 6:30 pm
Mansfield Town Hall, 6 Park Row, Mansfield

Thursday, November 5, 6 pm
Springfield City Hall, 36 Court St., Springfield

Thursday, November 5, 6:30 pm
Cape Cod Community College, Tilden Arts Theater,
2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable

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