Though the MBTA has been neglected financially in recent years, its consequential struggles, surely still seared in the minds of those intrepid commuters who braved public transportation during the snowiest winter in recorded Boston history, are helping catalyze public-private partnerships for improving aspects of the T that are beneficial to us all.
Most recently, Tufts University struck an air rights deal with the MBTA to fund maintenance and security efforts at the planned College Avenue Station as part of the Green Line Extension Project, thereby improving its aesthetic and and safety. In exchange, Tufts gets to build above one-third of the land parcel the station is situated on, owned by the MBTA.
This year, several stations were announced that they’ll be built, or improved, as part of this kind of collaboration between private entities and the city and state. And the Boston area needs more of it.