The other proposed Big Dig is dead

There was another tunnel project proposed for downtown Boston around the same time as the Central Artery/Tunnel. It was called the North-South Rail Link and it was meant to connect the two rail termini in Boston at North and South stations. Like Artery, it was meant to be underground, and there was supposed to be a station at Aquarium, and here's a computer model. According to the Wikipedia entry, the state withdrew support for the project in May.

The link was deemed necessary two decades ago, especially when rail-friendly Michael Dukakis was governor, but support waned as the Big Dig construction costs continued to balloon. I gather that as the public has learned about the shoddy construction of the highway tunnels, planners decided the state couldn't stomach another 15-year, $15 billion-dollar tunnel system.


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