Fenway-Yawkey Multi-use Path
The proposed path will connect residents to jobs, public transportation, cultural institutions, and green spaces. Its route crosses under Park Drive along an MBTA-owned parcel. The walk- and bike-friendly path will extend for 1,700 feet.
The City has secured funding from the state to construct the multi-use path. We are working with the state to complete the design. We will complete the entire route in stages.
The Fenway-Yawkey Multi-use Path will be an urban trail along an abandoned CSX rail ROW. The trail will start at the Muddy River path and extend to Maitland Street at the new Yawkey Station.
Many people already use the existing Muddy River path. We counted an average of 220 people riding bikes during peak hours in September 2013. The number of people bicycling on the path increased 60% in a five-year period.
The northern terminus of the existing Muddy River Path is confusing and daunting for people walking and bicycling. Continuing from the path into the Fenway neighborhood means crossing many lanes of traffic going in many directions.
The benefits of the path connection along the MBTA tracks, under Park Drive and connecting to the Fenway Center development project, include:
- Extending the multi-use trail from the Muddy River Reservation to Fenway and Yawkey stations. This creates safe bike and pedestrian access to these stations and promotes higher transit ridership.
- A new transportation option for people who live in the neighborhood, as well as people who will live and work in new buildings along the path. Projects in the pipeline next to the path make up over 2 million square feet of new development. This includes more than 400 residential units.
- An alternate walking and bike route for families and bicyclists. They will be able to avoid heavy traffic at Park Drive where it meets the Muddy River.
- A more pleasant and accessible route for Red Sox fans who take the T to Fenway Park.