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By adamg - 9/23/18 - 11:41 am
MBTA priority places: Logan, Longwood, Kendall, South Boston Waterfront

MBTA's current "priority places." Allston/Brighton officials want part of Allston added.

Five elected officials who represent Allston/Brighton want the state to include the area around the Allston turnpike exit as a "priority place" in its 2040 transportation plans because development in and near the old Beacon Park rail yard will otherwise mean "unacceptable congestion." Read more.

By adamg - 3/19/13 - 10:22 am

State Police detectives found the body of a 29-year-old woman from New Hampshire at the old Beacon Park rail yard around midnight and are now trying to determin how she wound up there, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

The cause, manner, and circumstances of the woman's death were not immediately apparent and remain the subject of an active investigation. No charges have been sought at this time.

Her body was found on the tracks under the inbound side of the turnpike, the DA's office says.

By adamg - 3/4/13 - 9:34 pm

A completely abandoned Beacon Park railyard, shot from the air. Harvard is now free to just let it moulder for another 50 years.

By adamg - 6/16/10 - 9:11 am

The Globe updates us on the deal between the state and CSX to move freight operations from Allston to Worcester and for the state to take over the tracks between here and there.

Among the interesting tidbits: State officials say the deal could mean Worcester service from North Station. And Harvard, which techically owns the land under the Allston yards, will be able to develop the land - or just let it sit there until surrounding neighbors get old and die.

By adamg - 9/23/09 - 10:03 am

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray announced this morning the state and the giant railroad have resolved the last stumbling block to a massive deal that will, among other things, clear out the Allston freight yards and give the MBTA complete control over the train line to Worcester.

Under the agreement, the state will buy the Worcester Line, potentially leading to reduced delays now caused by CSX dispatch rules - as well as a freight line from Beacon Park Yard in Allston through Cambridge to East Boston from CSX, and a freight line to Fall River and New Bedford.

The Beacon Park Yard move, expected to be completed in 2012, will clear the way for the addition of commuter-rail service to Allston/Brighton, possible help enable the long-fabled Urban Ring project and give Harvard, which already owns the yard, more cleared land that it can then let sit fallow.

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