Fields Corner (MBTA station)

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FIELDS CORNER
Fields Corner station platforms.JPG
Station platforms in 2011, looking inbound (eastwards)
Station statistics
Address Dorchester Avenue & Charles Street
Dorchester, MA
Coordinates 42°18′00″N 71°03′42″W / 42.3000°N 71.0617°W / 42.3000; -71.0617Coordinates: 42°18′00″N 71°03′42″W / 42.3000°N 71.0617°W / 42.3000; -71.0617
Line(s)
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened November 5, 1927
Rebuilt September 23, 2008
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Traffic
Passengers (2010) 4,152[1]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Alewife
Red Line
toward Ashmont

Fields Corner is a station on the MBTA Red Line, located in Fields Corner in Dorchester, Massachusetts. It opened on November 5, 1927, serving as the southern terminus of the line for about a year until Shawmut and Ashmont opened in 1928.


Station layout[edit]

P
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound Red Line toward Ashmont (Shawmut)
Inbound Red Line toward Alewife (Savin Hill)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street Level Exit/Entrance, lobby
Original configuration of Fields Corner with streetcar loop and separate busway

In addition to the two rapid transit platforms, one on each side of the line, there were streetcar tracks on each side, with the departing tracks at the north (railroad west) side split into two, and a bus loop under the south (east) track. Free transfers were available between all modes. For buses, a paper transfer was required. The lower-level busway was later closed, and all buses (and trackless trolleys, later discontinued) were routed to the upper level. The upper level busways were closed around 2003 for reconstruction.

History[edit]

The new Fields Corner station entrance lobby opened on Friday, December 22, 2006. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:05 am that day, Fields Corner became the final fare-controlled station on the Red Line to be converted to use the CharlieCard-based automated fare collection system. The complete station renovation was completed on September 23, 2008.[2]

The station, located on a high grade, is one of a small number of elevated rapid transit stations remaining in the MBTA system. (The only others are Science Park, Malden Center, Charles/MGH, Wollaston, and Beachmont.) Boston once had several elevated lines, but the Atlantic Avenue Elevated, Charlestown Elevated, Washington Street Elevated, and Causeway Elevated were all torn down in favor of subway and surface-level lines.

Bus connections[edit]

Accessibility[edit]

Fields Corner is wheelchair accessible after the 2006 renovation. See MBTA accessibility.

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