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Old Yesterday, 08:28 AM
 
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Hello!

I may be starting a new job where I will be commuting to Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital some days of the week. I'm from southeastern MA originally, so I'm not super familiar with Boston public transportation. It looks like the closest train station to Faulkner is Forest Hills. Then it looks like I could either take another MBTA bus to the hospital, or I could cut through this park area in between the Forest Hills station and the hospital. It would only be a 20 minute 1 mile walk.

My question is... how safe is that area during normal working hours (8-5 ish)? Is that park area between Faulkner Hospital and the Forest Hills station relatively safe during the day, to walk through? Is that something other commuters do? Are people mugged there during the day?

Thanks!!
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Old Yesterday, 08:58 AM
 
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The Arboretum park is glorious and perfectly safe during those times. It would be a dream to walk through on my way to work.

I would stay to the right on the arbor way sidewalk until the side park entrance. There is an entrance directly in front of the upper busway, but that takes you to the more secluded area of the Arbs (where the shadier people hang out)
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Old Yesterday, 10:47 AM
 
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It’s safe. Hectic with teenagers but safe
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Old Yesterday, 06:31 PM
 
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The #38 bus stops directly in front of the Faulkner Hospital. I assume you will be commuting opposite the direction most folks take to get into Downtown Boston so the ride oughtn't be that bad. Forest Hills Station is a very busy transit hub and I've never felt unsafe there although sometimes you might encounter annoying people, loud high school students, etc. depending on the time of the day. The Arboretum is mostly very safe and pleasant to walk through but it is a rather long and windy trek and may require going up and down a hill to get the most direct walking route to the Faulkner Hospital. It's good exercise though.
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Old Yesterday, 06:35 PM
 
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The #38 bus stops directly in front of the Faulkner Hospital.
Pretty infrequent schedule though from what I recall. It may work for OP's commute, it may not.
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Old Yesterday, 09:45 PM
 
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As an earlier poster noted, it's best to walk along the Arborway to enter the Arboretum. The portion of the Arboretum directly across from the upper busway is a little more dicey -- there was a report of a sexual assault there a few years ago, and although they've done a better job at keeping the overgrowth trimmed and improving the lighting and the pathway, that section is still not a place I'd like to walk through when it's getting dark. You can also reach the Arboretum by walking along South Street (past the VFW post), but the sidewalk doesn't run all the way there, and it's a narrow, curvy road with a lot of cars cutting through (plus you'd have to walk in the road once we start getting snow). The walk from Forest Hills up the Arborway is newly refurbished, with wide sidewalks, better lighting, and bike paths; there's increased foot traffic coming from Jamaica Plain these days. I've known a few women who lived near Faulkner who took the walk through the Arboretum as part of their commute even before the area was refurbished, and they loved it (they did, however, stick to the Arborway route). Forest Hills itself is absolutely fine.

It's also good to note that the Arboretum is only open during daylight hours, which may affect walking through there during the winter, when it gets dark early.

Finally, the 38 bus, which goes to Faulkner, is not particularly frequent (perhaps every twenty minutes at rush hour?), and recently it's been running up to an additional twenty minutes late during rush hour. However, I have seen a shuttle bus to Faulkner stop at Forest Hills -- it may be worth asking whether the hospital runs a shuttle bus for employees, like a lot of hospitals do.
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Old Today, 07:10 AM
 
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Default There's a Free Shuttle!

The walk through the Arnold Arboretum is a great, beautiful walk through one of the most meticulously maintained foliage sanctuaries in the world (*sigh* miss living in the area!), but there is also... a free shuttle service every 10-20 minutes!
I'm surprised they didn't tell you about it in the interviewing/hiring process...


https://www.brighamandwomensfaulkner.org/patients-and-families/forest-hills-shuttle


[FYI: I tested clicking on the link from here and it takes out the colon ":" after the "https" so you may have to put it back in for the link to work.]
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