The MBTA completed an eight month environmental clean-up at the Readville Yard 5. The Readville Yard 5 facility consists of a 45 acre parcel located on Industrial Drive at the border between Boston and Dedham. Of concern were the contaminates lead and arsenic. A total of approximately 17,840 tons of contaminated soil was removed off the property. In addition, the MBTA removed approximately 11.2 tons of miscellaneous trash, 1,008 tons of concrete and metals, and 74 tons of railroad ties. All materials and soil were disposed of at the appropriate disposal facility. The MBTA is planning to retain a portion of the property for rail use. However, the MBTA is planning to install solar arrays on the Dedham portion of the site, producing clean, renewable energy.
The MBTA built a salt marsh restoration site in Scituate to compensate for the impacts of the Greenbush Project. The project included 4.74 acres of salt marsh improvements. Now in is in its 4th year of monitoring this mitigation area. This mitigation area has been a huge success in creating a beautiful, functional salt marsh adjacent to the North River. 85% of the land area has been colonized by salt marsh species. The pathway adjacent to the mitigation area provides a way for the public to view the mitigation area and also have a beautiful vista of the North River and its surrounding environs.