Dudley Square (MBTA station)

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Address Washington Street at Dudley Street, Roxbury, Boston
Coordinates 42°19′45″N 71°05′03″W / 42.3292°N 71.0842°W / 42.3292; -71.0842Coordinates: 42°19′45″N 71°05′03″W / 42.3292°N 71.0842°W / 42.3292; -71.0842
Line(s) Bus transport MBTA Bus: 1, 8, 14, 15, 19, 23, 28, 41, 42, 44, 45, 47, 66, 170, 171
Parking none
Bicycle facilities none
Other information
Opened June 10, 1901 (Washington Street Elevated)
July 20, 2002(Silver Line)
Closed April 30, 1987 (Washington Street Elevated)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Passengers (2013) 3,128 (Silver Line weekday boardings)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Terminus Silver Line
Silver Line

Dudley Square (originally Dudley Street or Dudley) is a ground-level bus depot in Dudley Square, Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, US, served by local buses of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and their Silver Line bus rapid transit service. In addition to the Silver Line it serves a number of MBTA Bus routes.


Looking north at the former elevated station's northbound platforms in 1904, with the streetcar loops on each side.

Dudley Station formerly served Orange Line trains on the Washington Street Elevated, with two elevated streetcar loops and additional service on the ground level.

The Boston Elevated Railway opened the Washington Street Elevated on June 10, 1901, terminating at Dudley. Many streetcar routes that had operated to downtown, some into the Tremont Street Subway, now terminated at the loops at Dudley, where cross-platform transfers were available to elevated trains.

The el was extended south on November 22, 1909, reaching its maximum extent, at Forest Hills. The loop allowing trains to return downtown from Dudley was kept, and a new southbound platform was added (as both original platforms were on the northbound track).

Trains last ran to Dudley on April 30, 1987, and the relocated Orange Line opened on May 4, 1987. The old station sat untouched for a while, but was partially torn down and replaced with a simpler surface-level station which was made partly with new structures (platforms D, E, and F facing east-west, also known as the "Harvard side") and the preexisting el structure (platforms A, B, and C facing north-south, also known as the "Allston side").

The Silver Line, the MBTA's replacement service for the Washington Street Elevated, officially replaced the 49 bus route on July 20, 2002, and runs between Dudley and Downtown Crossing. On October 13, 2009, this service was re-designated the SL5 and a new SL 4 service was added that runs between Dudley and South Station, sharing most of the same route.

Over the years, streetcar service to Dudley was replaced with buses. Two of these routes, #1 and #66, have been designated key MBTA bus routes that have high ridership and enhanced service frequencies.

Late-night service[edit]

As of March 28, 2014, extended hours late-night service is expected be operated on a one-year trial basis, with service continuation depending on late-night ridership and on corporate sponsorship.[2] The extended hours are in effect on all rail rapid transit routes, Silver Line service (except SL2), and the 15 key MBTA bus routes, including the #1 and #66 routes serving Dudley.


The station is fully accessible (see MBTA accessibility).


Dudley Square Station is a proposed stop on the MBTA's planned Urban Ring Project.[3] The Urban Ring is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line designed to connect the current MBTA Lines to reduce overcrowding in the downtown transfer stations.

In 2012, the City of Boston announced plans to revitalize the Dudley Station area.[4]

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (14 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Annear, Steve (March 13, 2014). "Date Set For New Late-Night MBTA Service". Boston. Boston Magazine. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Urban Ring Phase 2: Fact Sheet", Executive Office of transportation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, January 2009 (archived 2011)
  4. ^ Ross, Casey, "Dudley done right: City starts work on major rehab of a long-struggling Boston square", The Boston Globe, March 3, 2012