Forest Hills (MBTA station)

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FOREST HILLS
FOREST HILLS
Forest Hills Station.jpg
Forest Hills Station, looking south from the Casey Overpass
Station statistics
Address Washington Street and Hyde Park Avenue, Jamaica Plain
Coordinates 42°17′56″N 71°06′54″W / 42.2988°N 71.1149°W / 42.2988; -71.1149Coordinates: 42°17′56″N 71°06′54″W / 42.2988°N 71.1149°W / 42.2988; -71.1149
Line(s)
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 for each service)
Tracks 2 (Orange Line)
4 (commuter rail)
Parking 206 spaces, 5 accessible, $6.00 fee
Bicycle facilities 31 spaces
Other information
Opened 1909 as original elevated station (closed 1987 when elevated line was demolished)
Rebuilt May 4, 1987 as part of Orange Line realignment
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Traffic
Passengers (2009) 13,568 (Orange Line weekday average)[1]
60 (Needham Line inbound average)[1]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Needham Line
Terminus Orange Line
toward Oak Grove

Forest Hills Station is a station on the MBTA Orange Line, located in Forest Hills in the southern part of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts at the intersections of Washington Street, Hyde Park Avenue, South Street, The Arborway and Morton Street.

Forest Hills is the southern terminus of the MBTA Orange Line. It serves nearby residential neighborhoods and is also a major bus transfer station with connections to 14 routes. Commuter trains on the MBTA's Needham Line line also serve the station; trains on the Providence/Stoughton Line and the Franklin Line pass the platform but do not stop. Amtrak Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains also pass without stopping, generally on the two non-platform tracks.

The adjacent former Arborway Station was the terminus of the Green Line "E" Branch until 1985, when service on the "E" branch was "temporarily" truncated to a terminus at Heath Street. Restoration of Green Line trolley service to Arborway was part of air pollution remediation promised for the Big Dig, but a lawsuit mandating the return of service was defeated in court in January 2011, nullifying plans to restore service.[2] There is a sign that says "To Green Line Trains" still exposed at the entrance to the commuter rail station. The original Forest Hills station on the Washington Street Elevated was located one block to the east of the current station location.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine To entrances/exits
L2
Platforms
Northbound Orange Line toward Oak Grove (Green Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Northbound Orange Line toward Oak Grove (Green Street)
Commuter rail Needham Line
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Commuter rail Needham Line
Commuter rail Providence/Stoughton Line and Franklin Line do not stop here →
Commuter rail Providence/Stoughton Line and Franklin Line do not stop here →

Facilities[edit]

Several small retailers are located in the station, including a donut/coffee shop, newspaper stand and florist. During warmer months a farmer's stand is set up. In addition the station features an MBTA Police substation.

Park and ride parking spaces for 206 cars are available on the station grounds. Overnight parking is not allowed.

Nearby Destinations[edit]

The station is surrounded by large parks, to the west of the station is Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum, part of Boston's Emerald Necklace. To the east is the Forest Hills Cemetery and Franklin Park, another part of Boston's Emerald Necklace. The station also marks the southern end of the linear Southwest Corridor Park, built over and around the Southwest Corridor which carries Amtrak, commuter rail, and Orange Line trains into the center of Boston.

Architecture[edit]

The station designed by Cambridge Seven Associates was constructed of brick, steel and glass, with architecture meant to reflect the greenhouses of the surrounding parks. The station's clock tower has become a local landmark.

MBTA Bus Connections[edit]

Station interior at night. Four large clocks echo those in the clock tower above

Forest Hills serves as a major bus transfer station; 18 routes terminate at the station. Most buses use the upper busway (off Washington Street on the west side of the station) or the lower busway (off Hyde Park Avenue east of the station); the #39 route currently uses loops off New Washington Street built for Green Line "E" Branch trolley service in the 1980s but never used as such.

  • 16 Forest Hills Station - UMass Boston or Andrew Station
  • 21 Ashmont Station - Forest Hills Station via Morton Street
  • 30 Mattapan Station - Forest Hills Station via Cummings Hwy
  • 31 Mattapan Station - Forest Hills Station via Morton Street
  • 32 Wolcott Square or Cleary Square - Forest Hills Station via Hyde Park Ave
  • 34 Walpole Center or Dedham Line - Forest Hills Station via Washington Street
  • 34E Walpole Center or Dedham Line - Forest Hills Station via Washington Street & Dedham Mall
  • 35 Dedham Mall - Forest Hills Station via Centre Street
  • 36 Charles River Loop or V.A. Hospital - Forest Hills Station via Centre Street
  • 37 Baker & Vermont Streets - Forest Hills Station via Centre Street
  • 38 Wren Street - Forest Hills Station via Centre & South Streets
  • 39 Forest Hills Station - Back Bay Station via Huntington Ave
  • 40 Georgetowne - Forest Hills Station via Washington Street
  • 42 Forest Hills Station - Dudley Station or Ruggles Station via Washington Street
  • 50 Forest Hills Station - Cleary Square via Roslindale Square
  • 51 Cleveland Circle - Forest Hills Station via Hancock Village

Accessibility[edit]

The station is fully wheelchair accessible.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ The Arborway Committee Accessed 17 August 2011.

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