Welcome to the transit rights of way project page. This page is intended to be a resource for mapping where rapid transit lines are located now, and where they have been located in the past. The goal of this project is to provide additional information about transit corridors that have a potential for redevelopment in some form.
Immediately below are links to contemporary transit mapping resources. Links to historical resources are further below.
|MBTA System Map (click for link)
||Google Maps MBTA System Map (2008)|
Several rights-of-way in the Boston area are mapped below. The rights-of-way generally are pre-World War II railroads that are abandoned or inactive. For a larger collection, see the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.
1849 Map of the Vicinity of Boston, engraved for the Boston Almanac by G. W. Boynton (public domain)
1876 Map of Massachusetts railroads, Harper & Brothers (public domain)
Late 1800s Plan of Bristol County, Massachusetts (Taunton, Fall River, and New Bedford), railroads (public domain)
1910 Tri-State Trolley Map, Boston & Northern and Old Colony Street Railway Companies’ Systems, W. S. Best Printing Co., Boston (public domain)
1922 Map of the City of Boston, Massachusetts (G. T. Rowland) (public domain)
Google Maps of Inactive Railroad Corridors