Ruggles (MBTA station)

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Ruggles MBTA Forsyth.jpg
Ruggles Station as seen from Forsyth Street
Station statistics
Address Ruggles and Tremont Streets
Roxbury Crossing, MA
Coordinates 42°20′10″N 71°05′22″W / 42.3362°N 71.0895°W / 42.3362; -71.0895Coordinates: 42°20′10″N 71°05′22″W / 42.3362°N 71.0895°W / 42.3362; -71.0895
Platforms 2 island platforms (1 for each service)
Tracks 2 (Orange Line)
3 (Commuter Rail)
Bicycle facilities 12 spaces
Other information
Opened May 4, 1987
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Fare zone 1A (commuter rail)
Passengers (2009 daily) 8,378 (Orange Line boardings)[1]
49 (Inbound commuter rail boardings)
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Franklin Line
Needham Line
Providence/Stoughton Line
toward Forest Hills
Orange Line
toward Oak Grove
Ruggles (MBTA station) is located in Boston
Ruggles (MBTA station)

Ruggles is a MBTA subway station on the Orange Line; it is also a MBTA commuter rail station serving the Providence/Stoughton, Franklin, and Needham Lines. It is located at the intersection of Ruggles and Tremont streets, where the Roxbury, Fenway-Kenmore and Mission Hill neighborhoods meet. The station occupies the site that was previously the South End Grounds, home of the Boston Braves. It is surrounded by the campus of Northeastern University. Four of the fifteen key MBTA bus routes (with extended late-night service) stop at the station.

A total of five tracks run through the station: two for the Orange Line and three for commuter rail. Of the three commuter rail tracks (also used by Amtrak, which does not stop), only tracks 1 and 3 serve the station; track 2 (the far inbound track) bypasses it.[2] Both the Orange Line and Commuter Rail platforms plus the busway are fully wheelchair accessible.

Ruggles station opened on May 4, 1987 and was built as part of an Orange Line realignment project which relocated the former Washington Street Elevated Orange Line service into the Southwest Corridor. Commuter rail service to the station began on October 5, 1987.[3] Ruggles is located at milepost 226.5, 1.1 miles from Back Bay and 2.2 miles from South Station.[2]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
M Mezzanine To entrances/exits
Southbound Orange Line toward Forest Hills (Roxbury Crossing)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Orange Line toward Oak Grove (Massachusetts Avenue)
Commuter rail Needham Line, Providence/Stoughton Line, and Franklin Line
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Commuter rail Needham Line, Providence/Stoughton Line, and Franklin Line
Commuter rail ← Passing track →

Bus connections[edit]

Ruggles also serves as a major bus terminal for MBTA Bus services.

  • 8 Harbor Point/UMass - Kenmore Station via B.U. Medical Center & Dudley Station
  • 15* Kane Sq. or Fields Corner Station - Ruggles Station via Uphams Corner
  • 19 Fields Corner Station - Kenmore or Ruggles Station via Grove Hall & Dudley Station
  • 22* Ashmont Station - Ruggles Station via Talbot Ave. & Jackson Square
  • 23* Ashmont Station - Ruggles Station via Washington St.
  • 28* Mattapan Station - Ruggles Station via Dudley Station
  • 42 Forest Hills Station - Dudley or Ruggles Station via Washington St.
  • 43 Ruggles Station - Park & Tremont Sts. via Tremont St.
  • 44 Jackson Square - Ruggles Station via Seaver St. and Humboldt Ave.
  • 45 Franklin Park Zoo - Ruggles Sta. via Blue Hill Ave.
  • 47 Central Sq., Cambridge - Broadway Station via B.U. Medical Center, Dudley Station and the Longwood Medical Area
  • CT2 Sullivan Station - Ruggles Station via Kendall/M.I.T.
  • CT3 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Andrew Station via B.U. Medical Center

*Note: This is one of the key MBTA bus routes, defined as the 15 busiest routes in the MBTA system. As of March 2014, these key routes and the MBTA subway lines have extended late-night service hours.



Ruggles was a proposed stop on the MBTA's planned Urban Ring Project.[4] The Urban Ring was be a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line designed to connect the current MBTA Lines to reduce strain on the downtown stations; however, it has been shelved indefinitely.

A number of smaller projects in the corridor have been approved; among them is adding a second commuter rail platform to serve track 2 at Ruggles. A preliminary study recommended a full-length 800-foot platform located east of the busway bridge. As of 2012, the project was in design.[5]



  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Held, Patrick R. (2010). "Massachusetts Bay Colony Railroad Track Charts". Johns Hopkins Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (31 December 2011). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Urban Ring Phase 2 Fact Sheet". Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation. January 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Jacobs Engineering (11 September 2008). "Ruggles Station Platform Study". MASCO Inc. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

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