Brigham Circle (MBTA station)

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Boston streetcar.jpg
Green Line at Brigham Circle during reconstruction, looking northeastward
Station statistics
Address Huntington Avenue at Francis Street, Boston
  Green Line "E" branch
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened unknown
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Heath Street
Green Line
toward Lechmere

Brigham Circle is a trolley-train stop on the "E" branch of the MBTA's Green Line in Boston, MA. This stop is the last one in a reserved median; further outlying service is street running in mixed traffic to the terminus at Heath Street.

Station layout[edit]

Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "E" Branch toward Heath (Fenwood Road)
Inbound "E" Branch toward Lechmere (Longwood Medical Area)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


Along with the Longwood Station, Brigham Circle is the closest stop to Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health and the rest of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, all of which are within a short walk from the station.

Located at the intersection of Tremont and Huntington, Brigham Circle is a part of the Mission Hill neighborhood and is the closest commercial center, with a grocery store, a pizzeria restaurant (Penguin), various drug stores, bistros, banks, and taverns. Nearby, there is an entrance stairway leading to Puddingstone Park.

The station is named for the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now a wing of the larger Brigham and Women's Hospital), which stands at one side of the circle. Brigham and Women's extends away from the circle up Francis Street to the north; the area to the northeast is taken up by Harvard facilities.


Occasionally when there is severe traffic congestion or blockage in the street running segment, service on the "E" branch of the Green Line is terminated at Brigham Circle to preserve service frequency on the remainder of the line. Starting on July 1, 2012, all E trains terminated at Brigham Circle to help balance the MBTA's budget[1] Weekend service to Heath Street was reinstated a few months later due to the minimal financial savings that were found with the reduced service.[2] The #39 Back Bay to Forest Hills bus covers the same route, and provides overlapping service as one of the key bus routes in the MBTA system.

Panoramic view of Brigham Circle
Panoramic view of Brigham Circle


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Coordinates: 42°20′3.01″N 71°6′16.44″W / 42.3341694°N 71.1045667°W / 42.3341694; -71.1045667