MBTA Illuminated Outdoor Signs

The Friends of the Public Garden would like to express their urgent concern about the proposed illuminated electronic billboards at the Park Street and Arlington Street Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) stations.

The MBTA is applying for permits to install digital billboards outside at multiple T stations, including Park Street and Arlington Street. The proposed 55-inch illuminated signs will display 15 seconds of service information followed by 30 seconds of paid advertising. This visual and light pollution of this outdoor advertising is in violation of both the Back Bay Architectural Commission Commercial Guidelines and the MassDOT regulations for signage because it is within 300 feet of two landmark historic parks.

The hearing is this Thursday, February 8 at 11:00 am, Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Conference Room 5 on the Second Floor. Please attend to learn more and express your concerns to MassDOT, Office of Outdoor Advertising.

Winthrop Square

The first public meeting for the next chapter of Winthrop Square occurs on Monday, February 12 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 33 Arch Street, 29th floor.

According to the BPDA, this is a Public Meeting to discuss the proposed redevelopment of the shuttered Winthrop Square garage to a 691-foot tower. Attend to learn more about the status of the mixed-use project.