Heath Street (MBTA station)

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HEATH STREET
Green Line and 14 bus at Heath Street in 2005.jpg
Turnaround at Heath Street Station with train returning inbound to downtown Boston (2005)
Station statistics
Address Heath Street at VA Hospital,
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130
Line(s)
  Green Line "E" branch
Platforms 2 side platform
Tracks 2 (on a balloon loop)
Other information
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Terminus Green Line
toward Lechmere

Heath Street, announced as Heath Street/VA Medical Center, is the last stop of the MBTA Green Line's E branch located along South Huntington Avenue on the Mission Hill/Jamaica Plain neighborhood line of Boston, Massachusetts. The scheduled travel time to Park Street from Heath Street is about 22 minutes.

Station layout[edit]

Outbound "E" Branch termination track
Inbound '"E" Branch toward Lechmere (Back of the Hill)

In the late 70s, two waiting shelters with signage were built. The shelter across the street from the Heath Street terminal was demolished in the 2000s while the one adjacent to the station remains.

Controversy[edit]

Train service originally ran on the E Line beyond Heath Street to Arborway, along Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, but service was "temporarily" replaced in 1985 by the number 39 bus. Pursuant to environmental mitigation commitments made by the state regarding the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (Big Dig), service south of Heath Street was supposed to resume as soon as the tracks and overhead wires were reconstructed and a sufficient number of low-floor streetcars were available to operate the service. In January 2005, the Conservation Law Foundation filed suit in federal court to enforce the agreement. The MBTA requested dismissal of the suit, but in March 2006 the judge ruled that the case should proceed. However, the MBTA backed out of this commitment due to a lack of funding; overhead wires and trackage between Heath Street and Forest Hills / Arborway station were removed and paved over by 2008. In 2011, the last lawsuit requiring restoration was dismissed, thus likely leaving Arborway line abandoned for years to come.

Bus connections[edit]

The previous special transfer policy between the Green Line and #39 bus was terminated on January 1, 2007. Since that date, all subway-to-local bus and local bus-to-subway transfers have cost $1.70 with the use of a CharlieCard (plastic). This transfer connection must be completed within 2 hours of the first swipe. Passengers are charged a total of $2.10 on their Charlie Card for the two combined modes of travel. Passengers paying in cash or using a CharlieTicket (paper) do not receive the discounted $2.10 rate for both modes of travel. Instead, they pay one full subway fare ($2.60) plus one local bus fare ($2.10), for a total of $4.70.

Accessibility[edit]

The station is accessible when served by the MBTA's newer low-floor trolley cars and buses. See MBTA accessibility.

Nearby destinations[edit]

Green Line trolley parked at the Heath Street station, December 24, 2012

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°19′43″N 71°06′38″W / 42.32868°N 71.11068°W / 42.32868; -71.11068