Symphony (MBTA station)

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Symphony headhouse.JPG
Outbound entrance in front of Symphony Hall
Location Massachusetts & Huntington Avenues in front of Symphony Hall, Fenway district of Boston
Coordinates 42°20′34″N 71°05′06″W / 42.34278°N 71.08500°W / 42.34278; -71.08500Coordinates: 42°20′34″N 71°05′06″W / 42.34278°N 71.08500°W / 42.34278; -71.08500
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  Green Line "E" branch
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Opened February 16, 1941
Passengers (2009) 1,993 (weekday average boardings)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Heath Street
Green Line
toward Lechmere

Symphony is an underground light rail stop in Boston, Massachusetts on the "E" branch of the MBTA Green Line. It is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Huntington Avenue. Symphony is the outermost underground station on the "E" branch; after leaving Symphony, outbound trolleys emerge onto the surface and continue down the median of Huntington Avenue.

Station layout[edit]

G Street level Exit/Entrance
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "E" Branch toward Heath (Northeastern University)
Inbound "E" Branch toward Lechmere (Prudential)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


The station was opened February 16, 1941 as part of the Huntington Avenue tunnel, which was a WPA project that eliminated street cars from Boylston Street and Copley Square in order to ease congestion. The trolley cars emerge onto the street immediately south of Symphony station. There is a sub-passageway connecting the inbound and outbound platforms that was sealed off in the early 1960s when the MTA converted the station to an unmanned one, as it is today. Moderate renovations were performed to the station in the early 1990s which included new tiling and improved lighting.


Formerly, Symphony and Prudential were the only two underground stops on the Green Line where riders paid boarding the train rather than when entering the station. This changed in May 2006 when the MBTA installed the Charlie Card / Charlie Ticket electronic fare collection system at the station. Passengers now pay with their Charlie Card/Ticket when entering the station, and can board at any door to the train.

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This station is not wheelchair accessible; the closest accessible station is Massachusetts Avenue on the Orange Line.

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