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JFK/UMass Station Area Action Plan

We're making it easier to get to JFK/UMass and laying the groundwork for safety and accessibility improvements in the surrounding area.

This project will develop a concrete plan and comprehensive vision for improvements in and around the MBTA JFK/UMass Station at Columbia Road. This includes both steps that can be taken by the City of Boston independently on City property, as well as actions that will need to be coordinated with other stakeholders such as MBTA, MassDOT, and DCR.

The Plan will allow for the City to prioritize projects and interventions in the near term while also allowing for longer-term planning and policy-making around larger projects. This project is intended to inform City planning and policy efforts around state and federal transportation and infrastructure investments, while also shaping immediate and mid to long-range investments and plans for the City across a range of departments.

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What We're Doing

What We're Doing
Contact: Transportation
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Improving Access For All

This plan focuses on improving access to and through the station area. Whether people are biking, walking, or taking the bus, this plan will guide improvements that make the area safer and more accessible for all.

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Planning for the Future

This process will closely coordinate with the many plans and projects currently underway in the neighborhood, including the Moakley Park Vision Plan, the Kosciuszko Circle/Morrissey Boulevard Planning Process, the Dorchester Bay City development, and many others. By coordinating with these surrounding planning processes, we will make sure that our plans are consistent with each other and reduce the planning burden on the community.

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Laying the Groundwork

We don't want this plan to just sit on a shelf. This plan will develop projects and playbooks for funding and implementation, so that we can deliver real improvements to Boston residents and all who use or pass through this area.

Did you know? The first rapid transit station at Columbia Road opened in 1927, with the Boston Elevated Railway's Dorchester Rapid Transit project.

From Columbia Station to JFK/UMass

Project Area

Map showing extent of JFK/UMass project area, including Moakley Park, Columbia Point, and Dorchester Avenue between Columbia Road and Savin Hill Avenue.
Illustration: Boston Transportation Department.

This project will include coordination with surrounding planning projects affecting Moakley Park, Columbia Point, Columbia Road, Mt. Vernon Street, UMass Boston, Kosciuszko Circle, Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester Bay City, and the Mary Ellen McCormack homes. 

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