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11.5.19 Step Closer to Near-Rapid Transit in Lynn

In a unanimous vote on Monday, The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board voted to electrify the state's commuter rail system.  The MBTA Board also voted that the commuter line from Lynn to Boston was one of the three most in need across the state.

This would mean that near-rapid transit could be implemented between Lynn and Boston in the not so distant future.  The system would employ trains that ran every 15 minutes from Lynn's commuter rail station to Boston with a few stops along the way and subway prices.

The project is not expected to begin within the next 5 years and will require specific electric multiple unit trains.  Final costs have yet to be determined but the three pilot programs have been estimated at $1.5 billion.

You can find more information from the Lynn Item here.

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11.5.19 Lynn City Summit

On Saturday November 16th Lynn will be holding a City Summit at the North Shore Community College in Lynn.  The purpose of the summit is to learn about and also discuss potential solutions for the issues facing Lynn as community.

The day will begin with several concurrent community conversation workshops from 10am to 1pm.  Each workshop will have a presentation on the subject matter and then a working breakout session. The topics include: arts and culture, economic development, education, public health, public safety, transportation, and housing.  The second part of the event will be an afternoon open house from 1 to 3pm with an Exhibit and Resource Fair.

NSAR encourages those who live and work in Lynn to attend and add your voice to the discussion on housing.  REALTORS® have a unique perspective working with buyers and sellers on a daily basis.  Childcare is available on request and interpretation is available in Spanish and Khmer.

You can find more details here and get tickets through Eventbrite here.


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7.2.19 North Shore Transit-Oriented Development Discussions

 Multifamily projects built around North Shore commuter rail stations could help alleviate Greater Boston's affordable housing crunch, housing advocates told Congressman Seth Moulton on Monday.

Moulton, a Salem Democrat and advocate for public transportation and rail travel, met Monday with Harborlight Community Partners Executive Director Andrew DeFranza, Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance Executive Director Andre Leroux, and Tracy Corley, transit-oriented development fellow at MassINC, a nonpartisan public policy think tank, to talk about transit-oriented development.

"One of the key tie-ins to the work that we have been doing in this office is the connection between housing and transportation," Moulton said, "part of the solution to the housing crisis in downtown Boston isn't just building more housing in downtown Boston but improving the rail infrastructure so you can live easily in a place like Salem or Lynn and commute to work in downtown Boston."


Full Salem News Coverage here

Greater Boston 2019 Housing Report


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6.20.19 North Shore Massachusetts Transformative Transit-Oriented Development Regional Forum

A North Shore Massachusetts Transformative Transit-Oriented Development Regional Forum, at the Lynn Museum and hosted by the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) took place on June 19th.  The forum was held to explore how Lynn, Peabody, Salem, and other cities are using TOD to transform their cities and surrounding communities

In the MassINC report, “The Promise and Potential of Transformative Transit-Oriented Development in Gateway Cities,” the executive summary reads that gateway cities can accommodate thousands of new housing units and thousands of new jobs on the vacant and underutilized land surrounding their commuter rail stations. The walkable, mixed-use urban land offers an ideal setting for a transit-oriented development.

Lynn Daily Item coverage here.


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6.14.19 Lynn and MBTA Launch Lynn Transit Action Plan

Earlier this year, the MBTA identified Lynn as a Focus40 community, and area to prioritize improvements to public transportation. With this designation in mind, the City of Lynn is, in conjunction with the MBTA, launching the Lynn Transit Action Plan, which will create a roadmap for improving the City’s MBTA transportation to make local hubs within the city as well as the economic hub of Boston more accessible. The plan aims to use improvements to public transit within Lynn to make the city a more economically incorporated part of the Greater Boston Area as well as the North Shore region.

The project will operate in three distinct phases: Understanding existing conditions; testing potential strategies; and developing recommendations for improvement. Residents will be given opportunities to provide input at public meetings, and are also encouraged to email Alexandra Markiewicz, at with ideas for the plan or to arrange for the Transit Action Plan team to attend a community event.

The first Advisory Committee meeting will be held Monday June 17th, 2019 from 1pm-3pm at Lynn City Hall, Room 302. Objectives for the first meeting include: developing a common understanding of the purpose of the committee and the study scope and process; previewing initial groundwork for the context analysis; and soliciting input on the goals and objectives for the study to help inform the development and evaluation of alternatives. Additionally, there will be a short public comment period at the end of the meeting.

Because this plan aims to make the City of Lynn more accessible to economic hubs in Boston and the North Shore, the outcome could have a major impact on the City’s real estate market, as Lynn becomes increasingly commuter friendly.


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5.21.19 Event: Lynn Waterfront Master Plan Final Draft Public Meeting

Interested in learning more about the development of the Lynn waterfront? NSAR members are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, May 29th to discuss the final draft of the Lynn Municipal Harbor Plan and Waterfront Master Plan. The meeting will cover the plan to create a number of open and active public spaces along the Lynn waterfront within the 305-acre waterfront redevelopment area.

The meeting will run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Lynn Housing Authority Community Room at 10 Church Street in Lynn. This is a great opportunity for members who are working in Lynn to learn about new public spaces, mixed-use developments and improvements to the harbor which will be coming to the community over the next several years. For more information about this event, contact Mary Jane Smalley by emailing or calling 781-581-9399.

View the event flyer here.

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