The future of mass transit in Allston and the roles of Harvard and BU

Pay to play? - The Boston Globe

Governor Patrick's administration is reportedly trying to get money from Harvard to help fund the purchase of CSX rail lines west to Worcester, south to Fall River and New Bedford, and north to Somerville. Apparently this would be part of some deal that would lead to a commuter rail station in Allston that would serve, among others, users of Harvard's Allston campus.

Enter Boston University. BU recently unveiled a new master plan for its campus, and of course a commuter rail stop and transit hub also part of BU's vision.

Harvard and BU may not each be able to get their own transit hub in their nearby campuses. Is there a win-win design that benefits both schools relatively equally or will there be a winner and loser?

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