Fenway-Yawkey Multi-use Path
The proposed path extends for 1,700 feet. The path will connect residents to jobs, public transportation, cultural institutions, and green spaces. Its route crosses under a road, and goes through public and private parcels.
The City has secured funding to construct the multi-use path. We are working on a design. In partnership with private organizations, we will complete the entire route in stages.
The Fenway-Yawkey Multiuse path will be an urban trail along an abandoned CSX rail ROW that starts at the Muddy River path and extends to Maitland Street at the new Fenway Station.
The existing Muddy River path is heavily used; an average of 220 people riding bikes were counted during the peak-hour in September 2013. The number of people bicycling here increased 60% in a five-year period.
The northern terminus of the existing path creates confusion for pedestrians and cyclists. Those wishing to continue in any direction on foot or by bicycle face a daunting task crossing Park Drive, with its complex patterns of traffic and high speeds.
The benefits of the Fenway-Yawkey multiuse path connection along the MBTA tracks, under Park Drive and connecting to the Parcel 7 redevelopment project include:
- Extension of the multiuse trail from the Muddy River Reservation to Fenway and Yawkey stations, facilitating safe bike and pedestrian access to these stations and promoting higher transit ridership.
- A new transportation option for people who currently live in the neighborhood as well as people who will live and work in new buildings along the path. Projects in the pipeline adjacent to the path constitute over 2 million square feet of new development including over 400 residential units.
- An alternate walking and bike route for families and beginner bicyclists wishing to avoid heavy traffic at Sears Rotary, Park Drive, or Brookline Avenue.
- A more pleasant and accessible route for Red Sox fans who take the T to Fenway Park.
- Essential emergency access for the MBTA to reach the Green Line D tunnel area with lowboy trailers from Maitland Street.