Central (MBTA station)
Outbound platform at Central, facing northwest
|Address||At the intersection of Prospect and Magazine Streets and Massachusetts and Western Avenue, Cambridge, MA|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Bicycle facilities||36 spaces|
|Opened||March 23, 1912|
|Owned by||Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority|
|Passengers (2009)||14,531 (weekday average boardings)|
Central (also called Central Square) is an MBTA Red Line subway station located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue with Western Avenue, Prospect Street, and Magazine Street at Central Square, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It also includes a street-level bus terminal for local routes.
Central Square station opened along with Park Street Under, Kendall Square station, and Harvard Square station on March 23, 1912. Several 1912-built tile mosaics displaying the station name are still visible above the platforms. Similar mosaics are visible at a number of other older MBTA stations, including South Station and Broadway on the Red Line.
On January 26, 1978, heavy rains flooded the station.
The platforms at Central were extended in the mid-1980s, as with other Red Line stations, allowing 6-car trains to be run beginning in January 1988. The platform extensions at Central are particularly apparent, because the corresponding arcade of arches and columns between the tracks was not extended when the station was lengthened.
Central is a major transfer station, with 8 MBTA Bus routes running from the station to various parts of Cambridge, Somerville, Allston, and Boston.
- 1 Harvard/Holyoke Gate - Dudley Station via Massachusetts Avenue
- 47 Central Square, Cambridge - Broadway Station via B.U. Medical Center, Dudley Station & Longwood Medical Area
- 64 Oak Square - University Park, Cambridge or Kendall/MIT via North Beacon Street
- 70 Cedarwood or Central Square, Waltham - University Park via Watertown Square, Arsenal Street & Western Avenue
- 70A North Waltham - University Park via Watertown Square and Central Square, Cambridge
- 83 Rindge Avenue - Central Square, Cambridge via Porter Square Station
- 91 Sullivan Square Station - Central Square, Cambridge via Washington Street
- CT1 Central Square, Cambridge - B.U. Medical Center/Boston Medical Center via M.I.T.
Central is wheelchair accessible. The elevator on the south side of Mass Ave serves the inbound platform, while the elevator on the north side of Mass Ave serves the outbound platform. There are separate entrances for inbound and outbound trains; there is no fare-controlled connection between the two platforms.
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- MBTA - Central
- Media related to Central (MBTA station) at Wikimedia Commons
- Historical photo of Central in 1980
- Prospect Street entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Essex Street entrance from Google Maps Street View