The Orange Line Opportunity Corridor Report is finished!

Thursday, November 29th
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
MacLeod Suite of the Curry Student Center

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations invite you to a briefing on the Orange Line Opportunity Corridor Report — the first phase in a campaign to realize the full potential of one of Boston’s busiest transit lines.

Armed with fresh data about planned development activity in the Corridor, we will discuss:

  • Planned development and community change: What type of development is planned over the next 10-15 years, and what is its potential impact on demographics, jobs, and infrastructure?
  • Transit-oriented development: What kind of transit-oriented development do we want to promote along the Corridor?
  • Corridor investments needed: What investments are needed to improve opportunities for the people who live and work in the Corridor, and how can this data help?

Join municipal, nonprofit, and for-profit leaders as we strategize about how we can use the information emerging from this study to advance the work we all do along the Corridor. Help us envision practical next steps that will help to create more housing, employment, educational, cultural, recreational, and transit opportunities for the people who live and work near this critical mass transit line.


Project Background

The Orange Line is one of the busiest transit lines in the MBTA system.  It travels through a diverse mix of neighborhoods in Boston, Somerville, Medford, Malden and Melrose, providing hundreds of thousands of people with transportation to jobs, education and recreation.

There are now transit-oriented development (TOD) planning efforts for at least 10 stops along the Orange line.  Understanding the outcome and benefits of this new development and initiating a coalition to support Orange Line TOD will be critical for ensuring that both the transit line and station areas get the public and private attention they need to be successful. The Orange Line Opportunity Corridor study documents existing and future conditions at the transit stops, laying the framework for future advocacy, marketing, and fund-raising along this transit line.

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Acknowledgements: We thank the municipalities of Boston, Malden, Medford, Melrose, and Somerville and the numerous community development corporations and private developers along the Corridor that have supplied the data for this study.


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