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Boston Gets Approval To Rebuild Long Island Bridge

By Jenna Fisher, Patch Staff | Jun 8, 2019 9:20 am ET

 BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection  (MassDEP) gave the green light to Boston's three -year $92 million  proposal to rebuild the bridge to Long Island. In a ruling, MassDEP  determined that Boston's proposal meets the performance standards under  the Wetlands Protection Act and minimizes impacts to coastal wetland  resources in both Boston and Quincy, the city announced Saturday.

In  2014, Walsh closed the Long Island Bridge and demolished the bridge  because of safety concerns. But it meant that the people who depended on  the shelter and recovery programs on Long Island were forced to go  elsewhere.

"Our efforts to create a regional recovery campus  on Long Island have always been guided by our fundamental belief that  every person deserves a chance at recovery," said Mayor Marty Walsh.  "The opioid crisis we're living goes beyond city lines, and we welcome  everyone's support as we take action to help those suffering find their  path to a better life. The Long Island Bridge carried the weight of  those in need for more than 60 years and it's our hope that the island  will once again serve as the sanctuary it's meant to be."

The bridge between Moon Island and Long  Island in the Boston Harbor cost some $2 million and was opened in 1951.  The idea was to provide better access to Long Island Hospital. The  hospital closed but the bridge continued to provide access to a homeless  shelter and programs for people with substance abuse. When the bridge  was closed in 2014, so was access to those programs. Anyone living on  Long Island or in one of the programs or staying in one of the homeless  shelters were abruptly asked to go elsewhere.
In his 2018  inaugural address Walsh said he planned to rebuild the bridge and create  a comprehensive, long-term recovery campus on Long Island. But rebuilding the bridge has been met with push back. 

Earlier,  the Quincy Conservation Commission's Order of Conditions denied  Boston's application to rebuild the bridge. And when Boston Conservation  Commission's granted the permit, Quincy appealed, according to the  city. The existing piers will be rehabbed and crews will build a  new superstructure and improve access to the roadways on both Moon  Island and Long Island, according to the city. The plan is for the new  bridge to last for 75 years.

Authorities poo pooed the idea  of a ferry service, saying it would have to great an environmental  impact, cost and take too long to implement. And, they said, it just  wouldn't be the right fit getting folks to and from the recovery site.

"The  City of Boston is planning an innovative and holistic recovery campus  on Long Island that will expand essential recovery services for the  region, fill gaps in the continuum of care and utilize the natural  environment to provide a healing space," according to a release. 

Gensler  and Ascension Recovery Services will identify the types of services,  resources and treatment options for the island and create a master plan  for the recovery campus, according to the city. 

Boston filed a complaint in Suffolk Superior Court against 13 opioid manufacturers, four  distributors, and one local doctor that have contributed to the local  opioid epidemic through misleading marketing and reckless dissemination  of opioids that has led to the deaths of more than 830 Boston residents since 2014. As part of the litigation, the city is seeking to recover both past and  future damages and injunctive relief associated with addressing the  opioid epidemic in Boston.



Massachusetts Has 482 Structurally Deficient Bridges: Report

Patch  reporter Jenna Fisher can be reached at or by  calling 617-942-0474. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram (@ReporterJenna).


The Long Island Recovery Campus

 City of Boston
Published on Apr 9, 2019

Listen to five personal stories of Long Island's critical role in making Boston a city of second chances.


NEW MBTA FARE (Posted 6/7/2019)


2019 Fare Changes        


On March 11, 2019, the Fiscal and Management Control Board voted to approve the fare proposal, with some modifications. The fare changes will take effect on July 1, 2019.

To see how the fare increase will affect your commute, find your mode of transit below.

The following fares will remain the same:

  • Local bus one-way fare
  • Local bus monthly pass
  • Reduced one-way fares for local bus and subway (senior, TAP, youth, and student)
  • Reduced monthly passes (senior, TAP, youth, and student)

 MBTA Pass Type

                                                                       Until June 30, 2019                              As of July 1, 2019      Change

Local Bus, One-Way (CharlieCard)               $1.70                                                     $1.70                       $0.00

Subway, One-Way (CharlieCard)                  $2.25                                                      $2.40                      $0.15

Monthly LinkPass                                            $84.50                                                   $90.00                     $5.50

7-Day LinkPass                                                 $21.25                                                   $22.50                      $1.25    


for other Reduced monthly passes (senior, TAP, youth, and student) SEE LINK BLOW OR download File

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