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The Big Dig's Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge over the Charles River, in early phases of construction.

Boston Transportation Planning Review (BTPR) is a transportation planning program for metropolitan Boston, United States which was responsible for analyzing and re-designing the entire area-wide transit and highway system in the 1970s. The major contractors involved were Alan M. Voorhees Company (Virginia), project manager; Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (New York), architect; ESL Incorporated (California), air quality and acoustics. The program had close guidance from the national Transportation Research Board (TRB), a division of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences[1]. The first director of the program reporting to the Governor was Alan Altshuler; the project manager was Walter Hansen.

Comprehensive re-evaluation of areawide transportation plans was a major theme in the last quarter of the twentieth century for large U.S. cities. The U.S. Department of Transportation has said "the prototype for these reevaluations was the Boston Transportation Planning Review"[1]. Scope of the BTPR studies included evaluation and upgrading of all four MBTA mass transit rail lines and examination of every major highway and arterial project in the region.

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Major elements

Downtown Boston from Boston Harbor

The following exemplify some of the principal study elements of the Boston Transportation Planning Review:


Technologies applied

Blue Line train at the rebuilt Logan Airport station.

The following major technologies were utilized in the BTPR:


References

  1. ^ Toby Pearlstein, Transportation planning in the Boston metropolitan area, 1930-1982, Chicago, Ill. : CPL Bibliographies, 1983.53 p. CPL bibliography ; no. 128
  2. ^ Boston Transportation Planning Review with Alan M. Voorhees & Assoc., Central Artery, Prepared for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, EOTC, DPW, and MBTA, November 1972
  3. ^ Boston Redevelopment Authority, Central Artery Depression: A Preliminary Feasibility Study, Final Draft, 1975
  4. ^ Alan Altshuler and David Luberoff, Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 2003). ISBN 0-8157-0129-2
  5. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Richard Venti, Leda Patmore and Harry Seidman, Air quality and community noise contour maps for metropolitan Boston, ESL Inc. prepared for BTPR, (1973)
  6. ^ Gackenheimer, R., Transportation Planning as Response to Controversey: The Boston Case, Cambridge: MIT Press (1976)
Longfellow Bridge across the Charles River, with two MBTA Red Line trains.

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