South Station's Centennial Honored With Historical Plaque

South Station's Centennial Honored With Historical Plaque

Executives from MBTA, Equity Office and Bell Atlantic
Yellow Pages, Participate in Plaque Induction

April 23, 1999


Stephanie Hobbs,

Phil Santoro,

BOSTON -- Today marks the debut of a commemorative plaque
that serves as a permanent reminder of South Station's 100-year
anniversary as a transportation center for the people of Boston. The plaque
can be viewed by the nearly 100,000 daily commuters that walk through
South Station's main concourse.

The new plaque was unveiled by Robert H. Prince, Jr., General Manager
for MBTA, Maryann Gilligan Suydam, Director of Property
Management, Equity Office Properties Trust, and Stevan Brinkert, Vice
President of New England Sales Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages.

"Bell Atlantic is honored to be a part of South Station's centennial
year," said Brinkert. "Over the years South Station has
significantly contributed to how area residents work and live. This
historical plaque will forever recognize the station's evolution to an active
multi-modal transportation center for the people of Massachusetts."

The brass plaque is 54 inches high by 36 inches wide and is imprinted in
black. The historical plaque is sponsored by Equity Office, MBTA and
Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages. The installation follows South Station's
Centennial Celebration held on January 19, 1999, and co-sponsored by
Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages, kicking off a year of festivities.

Equity Office Properties Trust is the nation's largest publicly held owner
and manager of office properties with a national portfolio of 287 buildings
comprising 76.3 million square feet in 24 states and the District of
Columbia. The South Station building is managed by Equity Office
Properties. South Station is a blend of antique and contemporary
architecture and design, highlighting and complementing the best of the
original design. This mecca for transportation services conveys passenger
via commuter rail, Amtrak, rapid transit and local and interstate bus
services. Each day, 77,000 residents from south and west of Boston
commute to and from South Station, 20,000 passengers use the Red Line
and thousands more utilize the facility for interstate travel. Passengers also
enjoy a thriving venue of shops, restaurants and kiosks.

Bell Atlantic is the world's largest publisher of Yellow Pages shopping
directories. Its affiliate, Bell Atlantic Electronic Commerce Services, is the
creator of BigYellowSM, a leading national online
shopping service.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and
information industry. With more than 42 million telephone access lines and
more than 8.6 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are
premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, and
market leaders in wireless services. Bell Atlantic companies are also
among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications
markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.