Blandford Street (MBTA station)

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Blandford Street station, September 2013.JPG
Blandford Street station, facing Kenmore Square
Station statistics
Address Commonwealth Avenue and Sherborn Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°20′57″N 71°06′01″W / 42.349126°N 71.100235°W / 42.349126; -71.100235Coordinates: 42°20′57″N 71°06′01″W / 42.349126°N 71.100235°W / 42.349126; -71.100235
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Owned by MBTA
Passengers (2009 daily) 2,840[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Green Line

Blandford Street is a surface-level station on the MBTA Green Line "B" Branch located in Boston, Massachusetts. The station is located in the center median of Commonwealth Avenue at Silber Way and Blandford Mall, about 2 blocks west of Kenmore Square, near the east end of Boston University. The station consists of two low side platforms which serve the "B" Branch's two tracks. The station is the first station outbound on the "B" Branch after it splits off the "C" and "D" Branches.

Station layout[edit]

Street/Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "B" Branch toward Boston College (Boston University East)
Inbound "B" Branch toward Government Center (Kenmore)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


Train sitting on the pocket track

Blandford Street is the second-busiest surface stop on the "B" Branch (behind only Harvard Avenue) and the ninth-busiest surface stop overall, with an average of 2,840 boardings per weekday.[1] Although a number of the Green Line surface stops have been upgraded with slightly raised platforms to allow level boarding on Type 8 low-floor trams, Blandford Street is not among them. Of the 13 surface stops with more than 2,000 daily boardings, Blandford Street is the only one with non-accessible platforms.[1]

A pocket track just west of the station is used to temporarily store disabled and out of service cars. It is frequently used as a layover point for trains during the middle of the day, between the two rush hour periods. It is also used by certain trains, like extra trains after Red Sox games,to turn around to return to the Central Subway rather than continuing out on the surface line. An experimental four-car train operated in April 2011 used the track as a staging point.[2]


Blandford Street Portal viewed looking inbound from the station platforms

The Commonwealth Avenue line was originally served by surface streetcars beginning in 1896 as part of what would later become the Green Line "A" Branch. On October 3, 1914, the Boylston Street Subway was opened to the Kenmore Portal just east of Kenmore Square, allowing streetcars to enter and run underground into the Tremont Street Subway. In October 1932, Kenmore station was built, and the modern Blandford Street Portal was built just east of Blandford Street.[2]

Streetcars have stopped at Blandford Street continuously since then. However, like the rest of the Green Line surface stops, Blandford Street was considered a mere stopping point and not equivalent to a subway station. The 3-car-length asphalt platforms were built in the 80s, around the time Blandford Street first appeared as a distinct stop on MBTA subway maps.

The name "Blandford Street" for the station is an anachronism, as Blandford Street no longer exists as such. The street, along with Cummington and Hinsdale streets, were bought by Boston University in June 2012.[3] On July 30, 2012, BU closed these roadways to most automobile traffic and renamed Blandford Street as Blandford Mall.[4] However, the station is still named Blandford Street.


  1. ^ a b c "Ridership and Service Statistics". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Belcher, Jonathan (31 December 2011). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Rocheleau, Matt (3 July 2012). "BU buys 3 on-campus streets near Kenmore, plans pedestrian mall". Boston Globe. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "New Pedestrian Mall Slated for Charles River Campus". Bostonia. Boston University Alumni. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 

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