Transit Rights of Way Project

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)

MBTA System Map (click to view at

2008 Google Maps MBTA System Map (click to browse to Google)

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)

1849 Map of Eastern Massachusetts (click to enlarge)

1876 Map of Massachusetts railroads, Harper & Brothers (public domain)

Massachusetts Railroads Circa 1876 (click to enlarge)

Late 1800s Plan of Bristol County, Massachusetts (Taunton, Fall River, and New Bedford), railroads (public domain)

Late 1800s Map of Bristol County Mass Railroads (click to enlarge)

1910 Tri-State Trolley Map, Boston & Northern and Old Colony Street Railway Companies’ Systems, W. S. Best Printing Co., Boston (public domain)

1910 Tri-State Trolley Map (click to enlarge)

1922 Map of the City of Boston, Massachusetts (G. T. Rowland) (public domain)

1922 Boston Map with “subway” and other railroads (click to enlarge)

Google Maps of Inactive Railroad Corridors

Walpole to Pawtucket ROW

Watertown ROW

Chelsea to East Boston ROW

Woburn and Stoneham ROWs

East Dedham ROW

Nantasket ROW

Arlington, Concord, Framingham, Lowell, & Nashua ROWs

Medford, Everett & Lynn ROWs

Sudbury ROW

Easton Branch ROW

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