Fairmount Line

The Fairmount/Indigo Line Coalition was initially prompted by the Four Corners Action Coalition who fought for new stations and transit equity. It includes four initial CDC‘s - Dorchester Bay EDC, Codman Square NDC, Mattapan CDC, Southwest Boston CDC, and now Quincy Geneva CDC. It also includes civic organizing partners- Four Corners Action Coalition, Project Right, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Conservation Law Foundation, ACE, Neponset Valley Watershed and "02136" in Hyde Park.

The Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative has received regional and national recognition for its smart growth, transit-oriented-development plan by Dorchester Bay EDC, Codman Square NDC, Mattapan CDC and Southwest Boston CDC. Our two major goals are: 1) to help the broader coalition bring transit equity to the residents in the distressed neighborhoods along the nine-mile Fairmount line, and 2) to spearhead smart growth, transit-oriented development. Vibrant "urban villages" a will have new affordable housing, economic development opportunities and combined open space to benefit the surrounding communities. We have a pipeline of over 1500 new and preserved housing units, 780,000 sf of new commercial space, with potentially 1,365 jobs; and a 9-mile Green Corridor.

Fairmount/Indigo Effort 2007-2008
We have worked closely with Sen. Jack Hart, Rep. Marie St. Fleur, Rep. Martin Walsh, Councilor Yancey and Councilor Turner, our civic organizations; Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, Project RIGHT, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Quincy Geneva Housing Corporation, and the Conservation Law Foundation to ensure funding for new stations to win:

  • $43.5M from the state to create four new Fairmount stops and improved service

  • $35M from the MBTA to complete “fix-itfirst” repairs at two existing stops:
    Uphams Corner and Morton St and at three rail bridges to allow for upgraded service

  • $3M to design four new stops: Four Corners, Talbot Avenue; Newmarket, and the Cummins/Blue Hill Avenue

The CDC Collaborative meanwhile completed:

  • Four “urban village” neighborhood plans around stops in each CDC neighborhood with S&S Design consultants. Designs include: mixed-use development, affordable and mixed income housing, upgraded business nodes, pedestrian walkways, open space, improved parking, and business upgrades.

  • Over $3M in foundation and government grants for operating support in 4 years.