Quincy Adams (MBTA station)

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QUINCY ADAMS
MBTA Red Line train departing Quincy Adams station.jpg
Red Line train departs from Quincy Adams "T" station
Station statistics
Address Burgin Parkway at Centre Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Coordinates 42°13′58″N 71°00′29″W / 42.232894°N 71.008083°W / 42.232894; -71.008083Coordinates: 42°13′58″N 71°00′29″W / 42.232894°N 71.008083°W / 42.232894; -71.008083
Line(s)
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: 238
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2 (Red Line)
Parking 2538 spaces ($7.00 fee)
29 accessible spaces
Bicycle facilities 64 spaces
Other information
Opened September 10, 1983
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 4,785 (daily boardings)[1]
Services
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Alewife
Red Line
Terminus

Quincy Adams Station is a station on the Braintree Branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Red Line, located in the southern part of Quincy, Massachusetts. The station features a large park and ride garage, with space for 2,538 automobiles, built over the station tracks and platforms. It is located on the Burgin Parkway, with convenient access from Route 3 and Interstate 93 near the Braintree Split. It is fully wheelchair accessible.

History[edit]

Interior of the parking garage

The Old Colony Railroad had a Quincy Adams station at Water Street, named for President John Quincy Adams who was born nearby.[2] The 1926 Report on Improved Transportation Facilities and 1945-47 Coolidge Commission Report recommended the Cambridge-Dorchester Line receive a branch to Braintree along the Old Colony right-of-way.[3][4] Quincy Adams station closed along with the rest of the Old Colony on June 30, 1959.

The modern rapid transit station opened on September 10, 1983 as an infill station on the Braintree Branch. Quincy Adams had been scheduled to open along with Braintree (which opened on March 22, 1980), but construction delays caused opening to be three years late.[5]

Currently, the only access to the station is via the park and ride garage off Burgin Parkway. The MBTA opened a pedestrian entrance on the east side of the station leading to Independence Avenue in 1981. However, the streets surrounding that entrance were frequently used for parking by riders seeking to avoid paying for the parking garage. In the late 1980s, the entrance was closed, leaving neighborhood residents without station access.[6][7] The MBTA has no plans to reopen the entrance, which sits intact behind a large gate.[7] The entrance has long been a point of contention between the towns of Quincy and Braintree; in February 2014, officials from the two towns proposed that a lock system be created where only nearby residents could enter from Independence Avenue.[8]

From their openings until 2007, a double entry fare and single exit fare were charged at Quincy Adams and Braintree when leaving the subway, as a proxy for distance-based fares. The extra fares was discontinued as part of a fare increase and service change on January 1, 2007.[9] Similar charges existed until 1980 for the inner stations on the Braintree Branch.

Station layout[edit]

A single track runs through the station carrying the Old Colony Lines and Greenbush Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, but there is no commuter rail platform and trains do not stop.

P
Platform level
Inbound Red Line toward Alewife (Quincy Center)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Outbound Red Line toward Braintree (Terminus)
Commuter rail track Commuter rail lines/CapeFLYER do not stop here →

Bus connections[edit]

Quincy Adams station is served by one MBTA Bus route:

The 230 Quincy Center Station - Montello Commuter Rail Station via Holbrook & Braintree Station route runs on Independence Avenue and would provide station access should the second entrance be reopened.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (14 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Quincy 1876: Southern Section". Atlas of Norfolk County. Comstock & Cline. 1876. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Central Transportation Planning Staff (15 November 1993). "The Transportation Plan for the Boston Region - Volume 2". National Transportation Library. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Boston Elevated Railway and Boston Department of Public Utilities (1945), Boston Rapid Transit System & Proposed Extentions 1945 - Metropolitan Transit Recess Commission Air View 
  5. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (23 April 2012). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Tan, L. Kim (7 December 2006). "Can't get there from here". Boston Globe. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Davey, Rich (22 May 2011). "Ask the MBTA: On gates and delays". Metro. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Simpson, Neal (14 February 2014). "Plan targets entrance dispute at Quincy Adams T station". Patriot Ledger. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Waltz, Vicky (11 November 2006). "End of the Line for Free T". BU Today. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 

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