Mapping the T’s monopoles
Is a 74-foot WiFi pole coming to a location near you?
Below is an interactive map developed by the MBTA showing the proposed locations of the 74-foot monopoles scheduled to go up along commuter rail lines to improve WiFi service on trains.
The poles have generated a lot of opposition in Andover and a handful of other communities north of Boston, where residents fear the structures will mar the historic nature of their towns and depress property values. T officials have promised another report on the WiFi initiative Aug. 14.
According to estimates gathered by opponents of the poles, five of them would be located in Andover and three in North Andover. The most poles will be located in Boston (28) and Braintree (9), with Gloucester, Somerville, Wilmington, and Worcester all scheduled to have eight.
The best way to read the map is to click in the upper right-hand corner to view a larger, interactive version. Then click on the dots to see the town and location by latitude and longitude. The colored dots north of Boston signify communities that have been notified about the pole locations, while the gray dots to the south indicate communities that have not been informed yet.