Transit Equity

The Fairmount/ Indigo Line

The Fairmount Indigo Line Route

The Fairmount Indigo Line Route

While this transit option has existed for many years, it is only now that it becomes a feasible option for working-class families in Hyde Park. In celebration of these service improvements, the MBTA and the FITC have decided to rebrand this entire commuter rail line, renaming it the Fairmount Indigo Line, a nod to its hybrid subway/commuter train status.

Since the fare-reduction our multi-lingual community outreach team has hit the pavement, targeting popular bus stops along the 32 bus-line, as well as 35 local businesses, and 8 schools. We’ve distributed over 750 informational flyers and free-ticket giveaway cards in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

The Fairmount CDC Collaborative’s transit equity work acknowledged by the U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development as an Innovation of the Day

Our organization, in cooperation with the Fairmount Indigo Transit Coalition (FITC), worked with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to lower the fares on the Fairmount Line to only $2.10 per ride! Students with M7 Passes can ride the train for free, and those with Senior T.A.P or Disability Passes ride for $1.05. This suburban commuter rail line turned high-speed inner-city express train, used to cost a whopping $5.75, making it completely inaccessible for the majority of MBTA users in our town. But now it as affordable as subway and bus rides to the same destinations. These huge savings open this train up as a real option for any and all traveling in and out of Hyde Park.

The high-speed Fairmount/Indigo Line pulling into Fairmount Station

The high-speed Fairmount/Indigo Line pulling into Fairmount Station

The line is highly efficient, with trips to its final destination, South Station, in the heart of downtown Boston’s Financial District, in only 22 minutes, a commute that took over an hour on equivalent bus and train routes. This stress-free transit option not only links Hyde Park to the city hub, it also passes through the neighboring communities of Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester. The “Fairmount corridor” stops include: Morton Street, Talbot Avenue, Four Corners/Geneva Avenue, Uphams Corner, Newmarket/South Bay Center, and South Station. In response to ridership increase and demands for more frequent service, Gov. Deval Patrick announced the addition of weekend trains beginning on November 29, 2014.

Ongoing Advocacy

We continue to advocate for equitable transportation by working to link the 50 bus route directly to Fairmount Station. We also plan to organize for reduced prices at Readville Station, better signage at the station, and to connect individuals to light-industrial jobs at Readville and retail jobs at Newmarket Station.

Prototype Signage commissioned by the SWBCDC created by The Reliquarium

In Fall 2015, a resident of Austin St contacted the SWBCDC with an idea that would significantly improve his commute. His idea was to extend the 50 bus route, so that it stops in front of Fairmount Station, making it easier for residents of his neighborhood to get to and from the train. We are now working together to see if enough community members are interested for us to bring this proposal forward to the MBTA. If you are interested in getting involved in this exciting project, please contact Eliza Campbell.