There's an interesting article in the Patriot Ledger concerning Quincy Center's planned redevelopment, tentatively starting in 2013, and the correlation of the city wanting the MBTA's Quincy Center Station (especially garage area) to be a part of this reworking of the center...
I found this to be pretty comical: "Harrington said the station does not have the pedestrian access needed to highlight the new public common that will be built in front of city hall as part of the downtown revitalization.
“When you leave a T station, it should be a pedestrian experience,” Harrington said. “When you get off the T stop at Harvard Square, you see Harvard Square.”"
Even with whatever potential changes the center's redevelopment could bring, I can't imagine it will change things so much that the area surrounding the station will be comparable to Harvard Square or Government Center, etc. Maybe it will open-up the area enough to let people see the newer Lowe's as soon as they exit the station. :-p
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Any info on exactly what they're studying to do with it? The whole complex pretty much is the parking garage, so a blow-it-up-and-start-over means a whole replacement station. Which is silly.
May be the only chance the get to add double-track to the Old Colony Line choke point if that's tied into the upgrades. There's ROW room and structural room for making a siding long enough to convert the existing platform into an island, but it would tear up the front entrance pretty good to do the construction work. A total station renovation is the only reasonable shot to swallow that kind of a disruption. Gotta do it, though. If they ever want to balance 3 branches and future Cape rail without a permanently crippled schedule they gotta double up the JFK and QC platforms.
[quote="Adams_Umass_Boston"][quote="theseaandalifesaver"]I can only imagine the headache this is causing for people who drive to the train AND the people who regularly park at Braintree.[/quote] The Globe article states... "The garage at last report was not well-used. It was around 50 percent capacity…"
Quincy Center is being re-zoned and re-developed in a major program. As I recall TOD is a big part of the push. With this being the case, they may choose just to remove the garage altogether.
Quincy has a weird relationship with the Red Line. For instance, the neighbors actually asked for the Quincy Adams entrance on the Independance Ave side (near the old Friendly's) to be closed, they would rather have to take the bus to the center than risk people actually coming and going.
I remember when the Metro used to have ask the T, someone inquired about the Independence Ave. entrance. Davey said that a large concern back then was people parking illegally on the street rather than using the garage (don't ask me why they just couldn't enforce it). As far as this "lightly used" is concerned, while I don't regularly park there, the times that I have parked there, I feel like it's used way more than that. Not full to capacity, but pretty full. Of course, over the past few years, spaces have been closed because of the damage and that could be part of it. I wouldn't say Braintree will bear the brunt of this closure; it's pretty well full by 730 or so; but I think Quincy Adams will (they usually have open spaces all day, not sure if it can accommodate everyone).