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 Sustainability in Action Tours

The first two tours listed are on Sunday, August 3. The Fenway Park tour will take place on Monday evening. Please sign up for all tours at the MBTA Host Desk. Times subject to change.

Hingham Shipyard Transit Oriented Development Tour (Sunday afternoon, 2 to 2.5 hours)

Hingham Massachusetts is a community on the south shore of Boston with strong transit links to downtown. Hingham was one of the earliest European settlements in North America, having been founded in 1633. Hingham is one of -- and the MBTA’s most highly used -- terminal in the MBTA ferry system. The terminal is located at the Hingham Shipyard, which has been recently transformed from a former shipbuilding facility to a vibrant mixed use community with housing, retail, restaurants and movie theaters. The tour will take participants, across Boston Harbor on the MBTA ferry, to the shipyard to see the recent changes to the area and how ferry service in the area has been an “anchor” to the highly successful development. The MBTA is also currently in construction on a new ferry terminal building, which includes, among other sustainable design elements, a green roof, a geothermal heat exchange system, and other low impact material selection. Hingham terminal is also one of the major launching points for ferries to the Boston Harbor Islands, so the tour will highlight the connection between transit and park and recreational uses.

Sustainable Design Stations Tour (Sunday afternoon, 2 to 2.5 hours)

The MBTA has launched a series of capital programs focused on station rehabilitation, designed to make stations more accessible, as well as to upgrade stations, some of which are among the oldest subway stations in the US, so as to make them compatible with current day standards. Chief among these project goals was to build new stations that followed sustainable design standards, such as LEED.  This tour will focus on the design challenges, particularly working on older stations, and the MBTA’s plans to increase efficiency, improve environmental benefits and to limit its environmental footprint. The Tour will focus on three stations: 

Orient Heights Station – a  post WWII station on the Blue Line in East Boston, a station in a densely populated residential area that was recently upgraded to LEED Silver Status;

Assembly Station – a new infill station that will serve an emerging TOD area and was also built to LEED Silver Status;

Government Center Station – a station originally dating to the late 19th century and one of the busiest points on the MBTA subway, which is currently under construction and being designed to incorporate new standards for energy efficient lighting, natural ventilation, low impact materials, etc.   The tour will focus on how the MBTA balances the need to make these stations as sustainable as possible while at the same time meeting other standards for accessibility, public safety, etc.

Hubway Self-Guided Bicycle Tour

Hubway is Boston’s bike sharing system providing more than 1,300 bikes at 140 stations throughout Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. After three years, the Hubway program has been highly successful and has changed the way many Boston area residents and visitors move around the city. One day passes will be made available to APTA participants on to take a self guided tour of Boston. For more information on the Boston bike share program, go to

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