The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on April 6, 1947 · 28
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Sunday, April 6, 1947
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Twenty-Eight THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE APRIL 6, 1947 Watertown Man Protests Change in Transit Plans The change of a proposed rapid transit route from one serving V, at-ertown to another running through Belmont and Waltham brought immediate sharp protest from Representative Clark B. Partridge of Watertown. Original plan for the route was 1o extend the Cambridge subway a short distance out Mt. A lbur-i St.. and then follow along the Jharlcs River on land owned by the Ietro-politan District Commission to East Watertown- Anncuncement by the M. D. C. that this land was already earmarked for an extension of Memorial Drive forced commission members to seek another route. Carroll I. Meins. administrative chairman of the Legislative commission, informed Representative Partridge an alternate route which was considered fcr Watertown would cost about $20 000 000 to construct and that the commission felt this was too expensive. Partridge and Watertown engineers wanted a subway extension to Mt. Auburn, emerging near the Bife Bear Market, and felt that the newly proposed West Cambridge terminal left their town "out on a limb." It was learned last night that supplementary plans were now be ing drawn up by tne commission as: a result of Partridge's protest, for a speedy trackless trolley route from; the West Cambridge terminal to serve Watertown. These new plans will be consid-l red by the Watertown transit com- i mittee at a special meeting Friday. Engineers of the State Department of Public Utilities were pre-! paring a sketch for presentation toj this meeting showing that the Watertown situation will also be improved by the new rapid transit line to Waltham because it will divert public conveyance traffic which , now goes through Water-town sq. Transit Continued from the First Page Other principal additions to the 1945 plan are: Extension of the Braintree line to South Braintree: extension of the Dedham line to East Dedham and running a second branch from Forest Hills to Readville; continuing the Needham line to Birds Hill: extending the Arlington line to Lexington, the Woburn line to North Woburn. and a branch to Medford sq. To Use Steam Tracks The great economy of the over-all nni-t which the Dlannins en gineers opine will pay for itself, 's, their patronage. Therefore, thetwho said it was already .co nf pvictine railroad nent-oi- . . . v, n;nt,.r. " 1v . ttlMMHWMBCQwlrVl9fSI9RE9 tails 1 , 'X. CWilQFIilJL TOOL u irnn uiU '1UH11 JfcLHUll HlUHLArtDI i V J4UNR0L , 1 n ) i mrnm pa b ww i . i hi warun i 7 BBATTLC IBH1 I ft R 1 i U fT o y rmrrTfri lHBEbp BMP a 1( rWrTTllTI6BTt ttMtftViLlT EPGEWOBTH PRESENT CONDITIONS ON MASSACHUSETTS AV., CAMBRIDGE, near Harvard sq., (top), showing street car tracks and islands. Approximately 30 percent of the usable area of the street is taken up by street car facilities. Bottom photo shows how street would look after removal of trcaks and islands, and with a center dividing strip added between inbound and outbound lanes. AREAS AFFECTED BY NEW RAPID-TRANSIT PLANS Photograph (left) taken near the cathedral on Washington st., Boston, shows the existing elevated structure and street car tracks. A striking exmaple of how Washington st. could be improved is shown at right. Removal of the elevated structure and street car tracks would result in a broad thoroughfare and add to the rehabilitation of the entire district, as has happened in Chicago, where similar changes have been made. The same result cou Id be achieved in Char lesto wn through removal of the elevated structure along Main st. "going out. ways The object is to replace with commission 'This i. nr a rvi M "'rtrtl i H ts a better, integraiea. seu-suyyiM mi, uansn extension 10 D,."! stated, "to bail out any group, unit, system, aiea on a perimeter iu io is nines j;c.ti r,mov Tv;r l : ma-ir,r- of Boston. Combined Station Urged lmht.ooninment electrmea the Dresent money-losing, heavy- from the center equipment railroad commuter services. . . , In a further study, with imminent replacement in mind of Old Colony commuter service to Plymouth, Greenbush and Middleboro, the commission expressed belief there district or company. This is a major strategic plan for an attack on the metropolitan transportation problem along its entire front. If The commission was also faced! the various steps are followed. with the fact that the business ! eventually the 2.50U.UOO people 01 center, which must be the hub of the Greater Boston will have one of transit system, was no longer con-1 the most modern, self-supporting, finer! to the Park st.-Tremont st.' unified transit systems in America would be justification for extension !sectjon but had extended to include! The report shows the system can of three rapid transit routes rrom Braintree to Whitman. Scituate and Brockton, with bus connections beyond those points. First step in the commission's recommended program is creation ity. answerable to the State Public j", Utilities Department, to have com-, plete authority to regulate commercial transportation in the area served. Park sq. To meet this challenge, the com-jmission recommends combining the Boylston and Park-st. subway stations into one 2800-foot station similar to Chicagos 4000-Loop sta- N.u Step Concerns "El" Next step is to complete public ownership of the Boston Elevated by which an estimated more-than-$1,000,000 will be saved annually) and place it under the Metropolitan Transit Authority to serve as a nucleus for the proposed exten sion or service. This step, it is felt The Commonwealth, says the commission, is in a good trading position to take over for rapid transit routes the railroads' right-of-ways "at a very reasonable rental cost based on their salvage value," because it will be relieved the railroads of the "heavily-losing proposition" of commuter service. Its members think the Old Colony will probably have the right to begin abandoning its commuter service within 30 days, and that the promised Metropolitan Transit Authority "will have to get busy ; included will result in within the next 12 months to re- o h 14 Place me an immediate miiik iu - ; ,u cof. v, and towns supporting the ?"'1a"7ZZ to eliminate " JZTTZ. assessed provai oi me rauiunua oi-u engineering staffs" in preparing the Iduiu iiaiisiL AaminiStrailve tnairman viu'i ko 1 JVleins preaiciea uim sieam El and will lead of the annual deficit against them. To put the transit system on navine basis, the commission was faced with the basic fact that 2fs tZSZ f ZSZtCZ ; nn innr! roads' commuter service will end in P , A . - t. nf,t-too-distant future, and ne uvcu iwiLiiiii i i v c j i i wcra ui iiiv ui.ii. House and that it was necessary was supported by Lt. Gov. Arthur to reach these commuters to gain W. Coolidge, commission chairman, be self-supporting. One example illustrates the money savings through the proposed legislation: Acquisition of the outstanding stock of the Boston El will eliminate the annual dividend now required by the Public Control Act, amounting to approximately $1,200,000, and also the Federal tax on this same fictitious "earning," a total of $1,800,000 on this one item. "Legislation already passed at this session of the General Court insures operation of the El until June 30, 1947. It is necessary that the Legislature enact at this session a permanent plan and solution. "The system is not being forced on any community. No municipality not now one of the 14 cities and . m the present district can be in the new system except by the specific vote of the Legislature. No community anywhere in the state, except those in the system, shares in either the cost of acquisition or operation. "The plan provides not only better and more frequent service to the suburbs, but also a substitute system in the event that steam train commuter service is discontinued, as has already happened in the case of the Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad and as already has been sanctioned by the courts in the case of certain South Shore communities." EVEN A BEGINNER can dance THE FOX TROT AFTER ONE LESSON Because there's oni ON master step to learn! FOR 33 years Arthur Murray has worked to simplify the teaching oi dancing. You can Bow go out dancing after only em hour. You see. all Fox Trot steps arc variations I this one simple step so in a few hours you're set to dassle your partners with an exciting Fox Trot that feels and looks just marvelous. You can learn any dance quickly and easily by Arthur Murray's unique method. Lessons are great fun with his talented, experienced experts. They give you the secrets of grace and lightness. You'll be a joy to dance with. Don't wait. Specigj 33rd anniversary rates end Saturday so enroll bow and save 20. ARTHUR MURRAY 294 Boylston Street Oppeiie Public Garden) - (Neer Arlington St. Station) S M M thi itM yo. tan The Chief Obstacle The Lieutenant Governor added "this is not a step toward an enlarged Metropolitan area." He said "the supposition is that the rapid transit system will be builtby successive steps.'' At present, chief obstacles to construction are shortages of engineers and other qualified personnel and certain type of materials, such as cement and reinforcing steel which are now holding up the authorized extension to Orient Heights. In its 1947 report, the commission still recommends extension of rapid transit from Maverick sq.. East Boston, to Lynn, and adds that a highway connection should be constructed enabling Saugus to use this route by a short bus connection. In addition to the 1945 recom mendation for a rapid transit line to Reading via the Boston & Maine right-of-way through Maiden. Melrose and Wakefield, the 1947 report urges a side line to Medford sq.. by way of the B. & M. Medford branch. The Commission suggests continuing on to North Woburn with the previously proposed line from Lech-mere sq. along the B. & M. tracks to Winter Hill. North Somerville, Medford Hillside, Winchester and Woburn. A 1945 recommendation was to extend the Cambridge Subway a short distance out Mt. Auburn st. and then follow along the Charles River on land owned by the Metropolitan District Commission to East Watertown, and thence over the B. & M. right-of-way to Arlington. When the M. D. C. stated the land was to be used for extension of Memorial Dfive, a new route had to be found. The Commission now proposes to extend the Cambridge Subway under Massachusetts av. to a point near Porter sq. and thence by way of the Fitchburg railroad tracks to a west Cambridge terminal near the junction of the Concord Turnpike and Alewife Brook Parkway. At this point high-speed electric trains would afford a loop service by way of the B. & M. Lexington Branch to Lexington, through Arlington, and by way of the Central Massachusetts Railroad, B. & M., to Belmont, Waverley, Waltham and Waltham Highlands. i mite i .drf 1 f . v y i mm Mf nfaBD mom X ....'"'?"'''y 1 qbmdV IrlAdvARD AUBURNOiU I i en irawEuiL , . IliMiaflaiiliaBW,, COTTAGE FARM IBRI8HT0M WEST NEWTOH JWOODIAHD REfERVOIRj waban . m IBUCONSFULD) gM . m wVflk e." ICHESTKUT. Hllll HEWTOH HICHLANOj UPKR FALU1 MEIDHAM HEI6HTSI , r , s SIIDHAM J6T.I 5 i mown lEUIVUt ICLAREMDOM DtOHAW AAtT DEDHAM m t woman i ' nt 1 " " Vr I anmssD4M ' 1 IEACHM0NT I J 1(1 i turifli v nnwuc I - t. ...T?i Va JJ a IV I 75 LIK" xr& PARK 0RIVEh--et"'" ""V ' , JP ' J : 1 fATLAHTIc'w) .-'. ' - n I j T ffl3' 1 J EOUIHCT ADAMtl (ft U mmmr S E mm nut J-EOEND SOLID LINES iNOfCATE PRESENT CLCVATEO RAPID TRANSIT DASH LINES INDICATE PROPOSED EXTENSIONS AND ALTERATIONS ON EXISTING LINES SCALE IN FEIT UOUTH IRAINTREEl Routes to Riverside In most cases, it is planned to save on construction by using existing railroad stations, and even the present names would be largely retained. Still recommended Is the extension of the Tremont-st. subway route over the Boston it Albany main line to Cottage Farm, Allston, Brighton, Newton, Newtonville, West Newton, Auburndale and Riverside stations. Another route to Riverside urged by the commission is an extension of the Boylston-st. subway by way of the Highland branch of the Boston & Albany, from a point near Park Drive, with Itations at Brook-line. Chestnut Hill, Newton Center, Newton Highlands. Waban and Riverside. A branch of this route from Cook-st. Junction would serve Needham over New Haven tracks, and it is now recommended that this branch be extended to Bird's Hill. To East Dedham Recommended now for extension IT WILL PAY YOU to read the Want and Classified Advertisements in TODAY'S GLOBE. For results, advertise your WANTS IN THE GLOBE to East Dedham is the proposed rapid transit line from Forest Hills along the New Haven West Rox-bury branch to Roslindale, Bellevue, Highlands, West Roxbury and Dedham. It is now recommended to continue to South Braintree, the suggested rapid-transit route which is an extension of the Cambridge-Dorchester subway, joining the Old Colony tracks near Savin Hill and proceeding to Atlantic, Norfolk Downs, Wollaston, Quincy Adams and Braintree. On new studies referred to it by the Legislature, the commission: Did not recommend extension of rapid transit from Day sq.. East Boston, to Chelsea (at a cost in excess of $10,000,000), but suggested bus service; Did not recommend a double-deck viaduct along Atlantic av., which included rapid transit extension to Salem, because of enormous cost of project; Did not recommend a 14-mile, $90,000,000 subway loop linking Ev erett, Maiden, Medford, Somerville, Cambridge and Boston. Other Recommendations Did recommentl removal of elevated structures along Washington st. to Forest Hills and between North Station and Sullivan sq; Did recommend continuing the Washington-st. subway to Dudley St.; Suggested a short subway from the Washington-st. tunnel, near Hay-market sq., to the easterly end of the North Station, and rapid transit lines thence over the Charles River drawbridge and then, in part on the surface and in part by trestle, continuing through the freight yards of the B. & M. parallel with Rutherford av. to Sullivan sq. "Investigations make it clear." states the commission, "that rapid transit must be extended out to the areas of population which have developed within the past 20 years, otherwise this population will continue to use the buses and automobiles, with resultant congestion on the highways, adding to the already intolerable traffic conditions in downtown Boston and increasing the Boston Elevated deficits. "More Comfortable Service" "People living in the Boston suburbs wouU find rapid transit gave them faster, cheaper and more comfortable service than they can expect from buses and automobiles. "Mere completion of public ownership of the Boston Elevated will not solve this problem: We must create a public authority to own and operate it. "The Boston Metropolitan District under the proposed act would be confined to the present 14 cities and towns. As rapid transit extensions became desirable the authority would go to the Legislature in each specific instance for the right to make these extensions. Only after rapid transit is extended beyond the present 14 cities and towns would additional cities and towns be brought into the district. "In the legislation which the commission offers the following points are covered: First, completion of public ownership of the ! Boston Elevated. This can be accomplished by the simple method jof exercising the option which the I Commonwealth now possesses under Chapter 333 of the Acts of 1931. This is existing law. system from the liability of Federal income taxes. 1". . . Not State Ownership" "The setup as proposed is not , state ownership. It is confined to jthe Boston Metropolitan District. All of the personnel now engaged i in any transportation agency which i might be acquired by the Metropolitan Transit Authority would be 'protected. They would be assured I of their Jobs, rank, pensions and other benefits. "The Authority would consist of five trustees appointed by the Governor, and would replace trustees of the present Boston Elevated. "The Commission feels that com pletion of public ownership of the i Elevated would result in the imme diate elimination of many items of fixed charges which now contribute to the deficits. It would wipe out guaranteed dividends on privately held stock which amount to over $1,000,000 a year. It would relieve the publicly owned transportation Providing Capital "Using the Boston Metropolitan District as a financing agency through the issuance of its bonds at exceedingly low rate of IVt percent interest would provide the capital. "The authority would then issue its bonds for the same rate of interest, plus an additional 2 percent which would provide for retirement of the bonds on a sinking fund plan in approximately 25 years from date of issue." Other members of the commission, in addition to Chairman Coolidge and Administrative Chairman Meins, are: Senator Richard I. Furbish, Waltham; Vice Chairman Peter J. Jordan, Revere; Secretary Hallam T. Ring, Arlington; Robert P. Campbell, Medford; Richard J. Allen, Brookline; Robert G. Connolly and Dennis P. Glynn, both Boston, and Albert E. Roberts, Braintree. all from the House of Representat i ves. Also, Francis M. McKeown. John M. Whouley, Thomas A. Flaherty and Edward N. Gadsby, all from the Department of Public Utilities; and Judge Gilbert W. Cox, com- Sl mission counsel; William J. Keefe, chief engineer, and Clifford N. Cann, consulting engineer. ocucr Aiiaii -ingu v . Changes in the 1947 report were largely the result of advice from public officials and the general public obtained at public hearings in a score of cities and towns, which it is anticipated will eventually share the rapid transit service. I The commission opined the rapid transit system would eilect a sub-jstantial solution of the traffic problem in Boston and the metropolitan area. The commission expressed belief I the system would be more effective I than super-highways, could all be constructed at less than the cost j of one highway, and would pay for itself. It predicted that rapid ! transit would contribute to Boston's rehabilitation as a great busi ness and commercial center. IF YOU ARE a veteran or have a veteran in your family, you should be a dally reader of Harold Putnam's "Veterans' Forum." Every day in all editions of the Boston Daily Globe. H Only One FREE LECTURE JUS MfflSHHl I Jm I 1 P MAXINE C. BUSH Nationally ramnus Health Teacher EDWARD P. 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