For the past two weeks conferences have been held between Mayor Daly, of Cambridge, and the officials of the Boston Elevated Railroad Company in regard to the proposed subways between Harvard square and Boston. These conferences have resulted in plans, satisfactory to both parties, which call for two two-track subways from Harvard square, one under Massachusetts avenue and Main street to the new Cambridge Bridge and the other under Cambridge street to the new Charles River Dam.
The Board of Survey has already reported favorably on the route of the subways as outlined above, but legislative action will be necessary before the plan can be put into effect. The legislation last year provided for a four-track subway from Harvard square under Massachusetts avenue and Main street to the new Cambridge bridge, but the Railroad Company declined to build this system because prospective travel was not sufficient to warrant such an expense. Under the new plan the company will build the Massachusetts avenue subway as soon as legislative sanction is obtained, but it may postpone building the Cambridge street route for 10 years. At the expiration of that period the city will have the right to build this subway, and after a 20-year period the right of purchasing all the subways.
The right which the Railroad Company possesses by its present charter to build an elevated structure in Massachusetts avenue, Main, River, Bridge and Cambridge streets and Webster avenue would, under the new plan, be annulled, excepting for such sections as may be necessary to connect the Massachusetts avenue subway with the Boston elevated system, and the Cambridge street subway, at its junction with Webster avenue, with the elevated road in Somerville.
The new plan will be submitted for approval to the Common Council of Cambridge Tuesday evening and if approved will then be voted upon by the citizens of Cambridge at the city election to be held on December 12. In thus providing for the approval of the plans at the election, an opportunity, which they have not yet had, is given the citizens of expressing their opinion on the subway question.