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South Station ExpansionPosted by Kate Fichter, South Station Expansion Project Manager

As we think about the future potential of Boston South Station, we can also take the time to celebrate that summer has finally arrived in Boston and that South Station provides a gateway to many seasonal activities. The air is warm, the sun is bright, and the farmer’s markets – including the twice-weekly Dewey Square market, just a few steps away from the doors to South Station – are open for business.  Perhaps you have an event to attend in the city, or you’ve come on a spontaneous visit.  Maybe you’re just passing through, with a final destination other than Boston.  One thing is for certain – you have arrived at historic South Station.

Destination: The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

Upon leaving South Station, you immediately find yourself on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway.  You can begin your tour of the Greenway at the Chinatown Park (if you are exiting the South Station bus terminal) or Dewey Square, which is directly across from the main entrance to the train terminal.  There are many things to see and do as you walk along the Greenway, which concludes in the historic North End. You can take in the horticulture, enjoy food from one of the many food trucks in Dewey Square, and learn about the city from the leaning rail timeline. Kids (and even adults!) can even cool off in fountains, partake in scavenger hunts, and enjoy the brand-new carousel.  Come to the Greenway and enjoy Boston’s newest green space.

Destination: Downtown & Boston Common

Have you had a long day of traveling and are now ready to relax?  Hop on the MBTA Red Line towards Alewife, ride for two stops to Park Street station, and arrive at the Boston Common.  You can lounge on the grass and listen to street musicians.  Explore the historic Burying Ground or walk across Charles Street to the Public Garden to gaze at the flowers while riding on a famous Swan Boat.  You can then follow the Freedom Trail, which is marked by a red line along the sidewalk. The trail will lead you into Faneuil Hall, where you can explore one of the most well-known shopping, eating, and entertainment destinations in Boston.

Destination: Cambridge

Cambridge is a vibrant city bordering Boston on the north, well known for its prestigious universities and forward-thinking science and bioengineering startups.  Cambridge is also home to a lively arts and theatre community.  Take the MBTA Red Line outbound from South Station, and arrive within steps of Harvard University or MIT.  If you’re more interested in food and drink, visit Kendall, Central, or Davis Squares, all popular stops on the Red Line.  On your way back to South Station, catch a free show at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, steps from the Charles/MGH stop.

Destination: Cape Cod

If you’d rather hit the beach or eat some native fried clams, you won’t have to take a step outside of South Station.  Each weekend from Memorial to Labor Day, a commuter rail train runs between South Station and Cape Cod, with stops in Hyannis and Buzzards Bay.  Don’t forget your sun screen!

Destination: the Northeast Corridor

South Station offers Amtrak service along the Northeast Corridor to New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, with lots of stops in between.  Without ever having to check a bag, you can depart Boston and visit several states in the northeast with a one-seat ride.  Heading to the Big Apple for a Broadway Show, some shopping on Fifth Avenue, or a picnic in Central Park?  You can arrive at New York Penn Station in less than three and half hours.

Destination: Logan Airport and the Waterfront

South Station offers a convenient connection to Logan Airport for your next destination. The MBTA Silver Line SL1 brings passengers to the airport, with a stop at each terminal, in a 20-minute ride.  If you have time between your arrival at South Station and flight at Logan, the SL1 offers several stops in the burgeoning Seaport district, which offers fun and high-quality dining. The first stop, Courthouse Station, is within walking distance of two popular museums, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and the Boston Children’s Museum.  Enjoy a stroll along the Boston Harborwalk with breathtaking views of the city. The second stop, World Trade Center Station, is located near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Seaport Hotel, and World Trade Center, and numerous other restaurants and entertainment destinations along the Harborwalk.

Enjoy any number of summer adventures from Boston South Station, and feel free to email us (katherine.fichter@state.ma.us) with your ideas on how to expand and improve the station.

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