South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown


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Jan 18, 2016
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I agree with you that this side entrance is an important one, and probably the one I use 95% of the time. However, to play devil's advocate for a moment - South Station consists of 3 or 4 interconnected transit areas and is heavily trafficked by regular commuters. There're the subway tunnels under Dewey Square, and most people going to use those take one of the glass headhouses instead of entering the station and U-turning down the stairs. There's the bus station, and most people going there will be using the entrance facing Beach Street as opposed to walking along Platform 1. And then there's the Commuter Rail/Amtrak, and most regular daily users of those services use the side entrance here to avoid the heavy foot traffic inside the main station.

The main station contains amenities like the departure board, restrooms, CVS, ATMs, MBTA/Amtrak ticket booths, food and other vendors, and the police/help desks. The people most likely to use the grand station entrance are the people most likely to need those services, such as tourists, infrequent visitors, intercity commuters, etc. People who do a daily Red Line or Worcester Line trip don't need signage to know where they are or where they're going, while people who would be most confused probably need more than just the CR platform signs, so plopping them into the new arched area isn't most helpful. Once this project is completed, someone who has no idea where they're going are best-equipped to make it to any service South Station offers by going through the main entrance.

TL;DR: It may be a feature, not a bug, that signage is designed to route people who need signage to the main entrance rather than the limbo space between the indoor station and the Commuter Rail platforms.


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Oct 2, 2011
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The round thingy that's several pics down, that has the glass wall around it, is that where the tower is gonna go? 🤔
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Jul 21, 2006
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Absolutely - - nothing major, just something HELPFUL to the traveler????

Boston is notoriously awful and unfriendly in it's signage for out of towners. If it really wants to be a "world-class city" it's going to have to start upping its game to be at least minimally traveler friendly. The render (and yes, I know it's only a render) was pathetic in that regard considering this is the major multi-modal transpo center of New England.

BTW - not only is there no signage in the render - but take a gander at that nondescript square pass-through "entrance". It is HIDING the sweeping archways of the platform!!!! It is like a bandage covering beauty. Not only that, it completely ANONYMIZES the entrance and hides to the public that this is South Station. That pass-through should at least mimic the fucking arches. The architects could not have actively hidden the function of the building more if they tried. It's almost "Architectural Intransigence".

We don't need those old Bostonians with the Pepperidge Farms guy accent nasally intoning "You can't get theyuh from heyuh". A sign and more functional entrance won't kill anyone.

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This side entrance and façade remind me of the refurbished malls in Southern California like the Century City Westfield in LA. Its not bad looking, but it doesn't have a "transit station" ambiance.


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Jan 7, 2012
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The big news is that the large machines being used to create the underpinnings for the tower have been removed.

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Jun 27, 2019
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When this is finished, it will be the last skyscraper built in Boston. No room for anything else unless they take the siding off the Prudential building and add 250 feet onto the top.
There are maybe 500 parking lots, garages, uninteresting 7 story buildings, and air rights parcels ready for some enterprising developer.