Ross Pledges 10,000 New Housing Units Along Fairmont Line
Uphams Corner — Mike Ross, while meeting with morning commuters at the Uphams Corner MBTA stop this morning, committed to building 10,000 new housing units along the Fairmont Commuter Rail Line by 2020, citing the need for more transit-oriented development to boost ridership and spur economic development along the new commuter line.
“This is an ambitious goal, but transit-oriented development is the future of Boston’s growth. We need to make sure that growth and housing opportunities extend to our neighborhoods so that all Bostonians have better access to alternative forms of transportation,” said Ross.
Ross is campaigning without his car this week to highlight his transportation proposals, which include bringing back late night T service, making Boston safer for cyclists by building more separated bike lanes, and fostering transit-oriented development by modernizing the zoning and permitting processes.
Earlier this year, the MBTA opened three new stations along the line, increased the frequency of the trains, and reduced fares as part of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Rehabilitation Project, a $135 million project aims to boost ridership.
“The MBTA has stepped up, and now the city needs to step up too. Through smart zoning and community planning, we can increase the amount of housing — especially affordable housing — along the Fairmont line. We need to build more so that new Bostonians and life-long residents can afford to live in our city,” said Ross.
The Fairmount is the shortest MBTA commuter rail line, has the lowest ridership, and is the only one that runs exclusively within Boston. The railway runs from South Station through Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. According to the Fairmont-Indigo Planning Initiative, approximately 131,946 residents live within a ½ mile radius of the stations along the corridor and approximately 40% of residents between the existing Upham’s Corner and Morton Street stations do not own a car.
Mike Ross is running for mayor to use innovative ideas to create jobs, improve our schools, and modernize government. Some of those ideas include increasing pre-K education, building the best technical/vocational school in the state, and building more police substations, starting in the neighborhoods that need them most.
Mike has represented District 8 on the Boston City Council since his election in 1999. The district includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill, West End, Fenway, Kenmore Square, Audubon Circle, and Mike’s neighborhood of Mission Hill. His commitment to innovative leadership has strengthened the diverse communities he serves—and the entire city—over the past decade.