Deep Dig, Tight Squeeze

by Joseph C. Clougherty, Sr. Project Manager; MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116.,
Richard F. O'Brien, Project Manager; PB/SS, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.,
Mark W. Pelletier, PB/SS, 120 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 8, Pg. 42-45

Document Type: Feature article


Since it opened in 1928, the North Station/Boston Garden Complex has secured a firm place in local history. Boston Garden, home of the Bruins hockey and Celtics basketball teams, has been the setting for numerous memorable sporting, entertainment and political events, while North Station was once the busiest train station in the East. But both facilities are now past their prime, and Boston planners are hoping to create a city landmark for the 21st century with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) $400 million North Station Transportation Improvement Project, being performed in conjunction with private development of a new Boston Garden scheduled for completion in October 1995. Shoehorning a commuter rail terminal, a subway line, a 1,200-space parking garage and a new sports arena into a tight 3-acre site in downtown Boston called for innovative approaches to design, construction and public/private cooperation.

Subject Headings: Railroad stations | Subways | Parking facilities | Construction sites | History | Political factors | Urban development | Urban areas | Massachusetts | United States | Boston

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