The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supported the opening of the Independence Avenue Gate at the Quincy Adams T station. Much of our housing agenda calls for more Transit Oriented Development (TOD)—housing near mass transit. The opening of a pedestrian gate from the Quincy/Adams T. station to Independence Ave. is an ideal example of this strategy and is a critical example of strong local leadership. This long-fought solution creates valuable housing without building a single new home. Hundreds of homes in the Penn’s Hill neighborhood of Quincy and Braintree now have walking access to the Red Line.
Prior to the opening, area residents would have to walk 30-45 minutes or actually drive several miles in commuting traffic to park in a garage that was essentially just a short walk away. Developing this “instant” TOD offers the entire area a much more attractive option for people who want to live on the South Shore but work in Boston and beyond. The gate opening creates a new TOD without building new housing or a new train station.