Wu hails opportunity at Allston Rail Yard


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“It will create cleaner air, healthier communities and an incredible amount of opportunity.”

City and state officials are seeking up to $1.2 billion in federal funds to realign Massachusetts’ turnpike, which in turn would open up about 100 acres of developable land in Allston, currently held by Harvard University. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Allston was bisected by the Massachusetts Turnpike for six decades. Now the Wu and Baker administrations are taking a major step in a $2 billion project that would rebuild the neighborhood over the next two decades.

Mayor Michelle Wu met with reporters at a former rail yard along the Pike in Allston on Wednesday to announce a request for $1.2 billion in federal infrastructure funds that she and Transportation Secretary Jamey Tesler sent to Washington last week. Wu had just visited the Beacon Park Yard property, now owned by Harvard University, with Tesler and other state officials.

Wu and Tesler seek federal assistance to realign tollway so it runs alongside commuter railroad tracks through the neighborhood and at ground level, instead of above ground on an overpass. The I-90 Allston multimodal project would allow Harvard to expand on bridges that would pass over the tracks and the realigned freeway. Wu described the project, which also includes a new transportation hub called West Station, as a remedy for the injustice caused by the construction of the Pike in the 1960s.

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