Parking, policing to shift for Casey plan

August 2, 2013
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Over 100 parking spaces located under the Casey Overpass will be relocated across the street to the Arborway bus yard during construction of the Casey Arborway before they are mostly eliminated.

The state Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Casey Arborway project will remove spaces currently located under the aging overpass as part of its plan to replace the overpass with an at-grade street network. A few spaces are planned to return as street parking after the project is complete.

MassDOT did not respond to questions about whether more parking spaces might be saved, or what will happen with plans to reduce employee parking at the Forest Hills MBTA Station as part of the Casey Arborway.

The parking lot under the overpass is located directly across from the West Roxbury Courthouse and is primarily used by that facility. A Gazette request for comment from the West Roxbury Courthouse was not returned by press time.

The Casey design team is also finalizing police jurisdiction in the area, a potentially thorny issue, as three different police forces are involved. Issues already exist, as many residents currently call Boston Police (BPD) for incidents outside of its jurisdiction.

In a July 5 draft plan, MBTA transit police will have jurisdiction on MBTA station grounds, including the new head house that will be located on the north side of the new Casey Arborway. Massachusetts State Police will have jurisdiction along the Casey Arborway, including the new Shea Square intersection, and on Southwest Corridor Park grounds. BPD will have jurisdiction on all other local streets.