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Dorchester Greenway

The Dorchester Greenway is a community-led vision for a 0.7 mile long off-road bicycle and pedestrian path on top of the MBTA’s Red Line tunnel, between Ashmont Station and Park Street. The greenway would serve as a new public space. People will be able to stroll, roll, relax, or gather with friends and neighbors in a traffic-free, low-stress environment.

The path would be part of the growing network of greenways and Green Links that are accessible to Boston residents. It would also be part of the Emerald Network, a vision led by LivableStreets Alliance (LSA) for over 200 miles of connected greenways throughout the Boston region.

The idea for a greenway on top of the Red Line tunnel has been discussed by the Dorchester community for over a decade. In 2017, Greater Ashmont Main Streets worked with local designers and community members to create concepts for the greenway to help advance the discussion.

In 2023, the City of Boston in partnership with the MBTA received a MassTrails grant to study the feasibility of the greenway. This included a structural analysis of the tunnel, and confirmation of land ownership. Assuming the MBTA determines that it is feasible, work will begin on a low-cost “Quick Build” design, as well as a concept for a long-term plan, in close collaboration with the community. The feasibility study is expected to be completed in 2024.

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    Transportation
  • What's a Green Link?

    Green Links are proposed paths that people can use to access Boston's linear parks or "greenways". The goal is to create a network of great walking and biking routes. We want to link people in every neighborhood to high quality parks and green spaces.

  • Still have questions? Contact:
    Transportation
  • What's a Green Link?

    Green Links are proposed paths that people can use to access Boston's linear parks or "greenways". The goal is to create a network of great walking and biking routes. We want to link people in every neighborhood to high quality parks and green spaces.

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