The state Department of Transportation and the MBTA said today they're soliciting bids for development above state land at Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue - and say the project is key to making the existing Hynes Green Line station handicap accessible.
Parcel 13 represents approximately 54,500 square feet of air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike and portions of the MBTA Green Line tunnel across the street from the Hynes Convention Center. Hynes Station does not meet the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and is the busiest Green Line station not currently accessible to people with disabilities. An average of 8,950 customers each weekday enter Hynes Station, which is also an important transfer point for the busy MBTA Route 1 bus.
The RFP seeks a single, coordinated project development team including both a transit developer to design Hynes Station accessibility and other improvements including new street-level entrances and a developer for Parcel 13.
MassDOT funds supplemented by Parcel 13 air rights rent from a long-term lease with the developer will pay the cost of Hynes Station design, construction, and station improvements.