Copley (MBTA station)

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Copley outbound.JPG
Outbound platform
Station statistics
Address 640 Boylston St. at 230 Dartmouth St. under Copley Square, Downtown Boston
Coordinates 42°21′01″N 71°04′39″W / 42.35028°N 71.07750°W / 42.35028; -71.07750Coordinates: 42°21′01″N 71°04′39″W / 42.35028°N 71.07750°W / 42.35028; -71.07750
  Green Line (all branches)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened October 3, 1914
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Passengers (2009) 13,500 (weekday average boardings)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Green Line
toward Riverside
Green Line
Green Line
toward Heath Street
Green Line
toward Lechmere

Copley is a station on the MBTA Green Line light rail subway in Boston, Massachusetts. Located in and named after Copley Square, the station has entrances and exits along Boylston Street and Dartmouth Street.

As there is no connection between the inbound and outbound platforms, travelers must exit the station, cross the street, and pay again to switch directions at this station. Alternatively, a free inbound-outbound transfer can be made by traveling one stop east to Arlington station, where the two platforms are connected by a free mezzanine crossover.

Immediately west of Copley station, the Green Line "E" Branch splits off from the main line via a flat junction, and then runs under Huntington Avenue towards its terminus at Heath Street. Because inbound and outbound trains must be carefully coordinated when traversing the junction, this location is one of the bottlenecks limiting peak capacity of the Green Line.[citation needed]

Station layout[edit]

Ground Street Level Exit/Entrance
Green Line
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound Green Line "B" Branch toward Boston College (Hynes Convention Center)
Green Line "C" Branch toward Cleveland Circle (Hynes Convention Center)
Green Line "D" Branch toward Riverside (Hynes Convention Center)
Green Line "E" Branch toward Heath (Prudential)
Inbound Green Line toward Lechmere, North Station, or Government Center (Arlington)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


Copley Station was opened October 3, 1914, as part of the Boylston Street Subway, an extension of the original Tremont Street Subway. The ornate wrought-iron head house next to the Boston Public Library was designed by the firm Fox, Jenny & Gale.[2] Originally Copley had light blue and white tile mosaic for the station name on the walls; however, none of these have survived.

Substantial renovations were done in 2008-9 which included improving accessibility, new tiling, improved lighting and replacement of the two head houses on Dartmouth Street as well as restoration of the wrought iron head house next to the Public Library. The station remains one of the few in the MBTA system that do not have a crossover between outbound and inbound platforms.

Copley Station is closed every year on the day of the Boston Marathon.[3] After the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, Copley Station remained closed through April 23, 2013.[4]



Copley is fully wheelchair accessible, following extensive station renovation completed in 2011.


  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Cowperthwaite, Karen. "Two Gardens and a View: Revealing the History and the Future of An American Country Place in Western New York". page 13. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Riding the T > Boston Marathon". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ Rocheleau, Matt (April 24, 2013). "Copley Station reopens after 8-day shutdown due to Boston Marathon bombings, investigation". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 

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