Harvard Avenue (MBTA station)

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This article is about the Green Line "B" Branch station. For the Red Line station in Cambridge, see Harvard (MBTA station).
Harvard Avenue outbound.JPG
Outbound platform
Station statistics
Address Commonwealth Avenue and Harvard Avenue
Coordinates 42°21′00″N 71°07′52″W / 42.350118°N 71.131197°W / 42.350118; -71.131197Coordinates: 42°21′00″N 71°07′52″W / 42.350118°N 71.131197°W / 42.350118; -71.131197
Connections Bus: 66
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking none
Bicycle facilities none
Other information
Rebuilt 2002
Electrified Overhead lines
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Passengers (2010) 4,077 (average weekday)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Green Line

Harvard Avenue is a station on the MBTA Green Line "B" Branch located in the neighborhood of Allston, Massachusetts. The station is located on the west side of Commonwealth Avenue at Harvard Avenue, in a residential and commercial district. The station consists of two side platforms, located on opposite sides of Harvard Avenue, which serve the "B" Branch's two tracks.

Station layout[edit]

Street/Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "B" Branch toward Boston College (Griggs Street/Long Avenue)
Inbound "B" Branch toward Government Center (Packards Corner)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


Reconstruction work in April 2002

Harvard Avenue is the second-busiest surface stop on the Green Line surface branches (behind only Coolidge Corner), with an average of 4,077 boardings on weekdays.[1] The high ridership is because the station is the primary rapid transit connection for much of Allston as well as the eastern portion of Brighton. Additionally, it is a major bus transfer station for the busy 66 Harvard Square - Dudley Station via Allston & Brookline Village route, which serves as a feeder route connecting Allston and Brookline to the subway system.


Due to its high ridership, Harvard Avenue was one of the first Green Line surface stops to be made handicapped accessible. The station was rebuilt with slightly raised platforms in 2002 to allow level boarding onto the new Type 8 trams. The outbound platform, which formerly was located south of Harvard Street, was moved to the north side. This move was part of the reasoning for closing the Fordham Road stop in 2005. Harvard Avenue is one of only five surface stations on the branch that is handicapped accessible.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics 2010". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Green Line". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 

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