Harvard Avenue station

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Harvard Avenue
Inbound train at Harvard Avenue station, December 2018.JPG
An inbound train at Harvard Avenue station in December 2018
Location Commonwealth Avenue at Harvard Avenue
Allston, Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′00″N 71°07′52″W / 42.350118°N 71.131197°W / 42.350118; -71.131197Coordinates: 42°21′00″N 71°07′52″W / 42.350118°N 71.131197°W / 42.350118; -71.131197
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: 66
Disabled access Yes
Rebuilt November 2001-October 2002
Passengers (2011) 3,602 (average weekday boardings)[1]
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
Griggs Street Green Line Packards Corner
toward Park Street
Former services
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
Griggs Street Green Line Fordham Road
(station closed 2004)
toward Park Street

Harvard Avenue is a light rail station on the MBTA Green Line "B" Branch, located in the neighborhood of Allston, Boston, Massachusetts. The station is located on the west side of Commonwealth Avenue at Harvard Avenue, in a residential and commercial district. The station consists of two side platforms, located on opposite sides of Harvard Avenue, which serve the "B" Branch's two tracks. The station is fully accessible.


Reconstruction work in April 2002

Harvard Avenue is the second-busiest surface stop on the Green Line surface branches (behind only Coolidge Corner), with an average of 4,077 boardings on weekdays.[1] The high ridership is because the station is the primary rapid transit connection for much of Allston as well as the eastern portion of Brighton. Additionally, it is a major bus transfer station for the busy route 66 bus, a crosstown trunk route which also serves as a feeder route connecting Allston and Brookline to the subway system.

Due to its high ridership, Harvard Avenue was one of the first Green Line surface stops to be made accessible. In the early 2000s, the MBTA modified key surface stops with raised platforms for accessibility. Portable lifts were installed at Harvard Avenue around 2000 as a temporary measure.[2][3] The platform modifications - part of a $32 million modification of thirteen B, C, and E branch stations - began in November 2001, with completion of the project in October 2002.[4][5][6] Delays in construction caused cascading delays to similar renovations at Boston University East and Boston University Central.[7] During the construction work, temporary platforms were constructed on the opposite side of Harvard Avenue from their usual configuration.


  1. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014.
  2. ^ "Executive Summary" (PDF). Program of Mass Transportation. Boston Regional Metropolitan Planning Organization. January 2004. p. 2-9. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Subway Map" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 1, 2001.
  4. ^ "MBTA Continues Accessibility Program On The B Branch of the Green Line". MBTA Press Releases (Press release). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. October 30, 2001. Archived from the original on October 30, 2001.
  5. ^ Palatucci, Roseanne (February 18, 2003). "MBTA Construction Affects Students". The Heights. Vol. 84 no. 6. p. A3.
  6. ^ "Planned Accessibility Projects - On Board the Green Line". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on August 10, 2004.
  7. ^ "BU East, Central T Stop Construction Begins Monday". Daily Free Press. March 15, 2002. Retrieved December 13, 2016.

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