This summer I started working on a research project, the Blue Line Extension. This project is Professor James Lambrechts, a Civil Engineering Professor who focuses on materials and geotechnical engineering, and alumni Brendan Cioto’s project. Professor Lambrechts worked at Haley & Aldrich, where I am currently doing my coop, on the Big Dig and the Orange Line, so he is very knowledgeable about what this project needs and the best ideas to improve the city. Since Brendan and the other seniors who were working on the project graduated in August, myself and another classmate were brought on to help with this extra project.
The idea of the Blue Line Extension is to replace the D-line train of the green line with the blue line, extending the blue line west to Brookline. This would greatly relieve the congestion on the green line and help utilize the not so popular blue line. In order to sell this idea we needed to find the demand for this extension and the logistics of building it. This required a lot of research, meetings with tunneling professionals, and hard work to have presentable ideas and data. This experience is great for graduate school work and professional work, since it is similar to a project that would be taken on at a firm.
Our team has been presenting this idea to many different groups, ranging from the young professionals in transportation meetings to the Civil Engineering Alumni at Wentworth. It is a really great idea, and a great way to get practice in research, design, and advocating for a project. We hope to one day actually be able to have this built and are currently working towards that goal by presenting to people who may be able to help us achieve our goal. Tonight I am presenting to some of the civil engineering students to hopefully inspire them to pursue their dreams and push themselves to their limits to succeed!