Tufts Medical Center (MBTA station)

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Tufts Medical Center station viewed from the mezzanine, looking outbound
Station statistics
Address 750 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°20′55″N 71°03′52″W / 42.3486°N 71.0645°W / 42.3486; -71.0645Coordinates: 42°20′55″N 71°03′52″W / 42.3486°N 71.0645°W / 42.3486; -71.0645
  Silver Line SL4, SL5
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened May 4, 1987 (Orange Line)
July 30, 2002 (Silver Line)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Formerly New England Medical Center
Passengers (2009 daily) 5,684 (Orange Line)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Forest Hills
Orange Line
toward Oak Grove
Silver Line
One-way operation
Silver Line
One-way operation
Tufts Medical Center (MBTA station) is located in Boston
Tufts Medical Center (MBTA station)

Tufts Medical Center (formerly New England Medical Center) is an MBTA rapid transit station located along Boston's Orange Line subway and Silver Line bus rapid transit system. It is named for the Tufts Medical Center and is built under a wing of the facility that crosses over Washington Street in downtown Boston between Kneeland Street in Chinatown and the Massachusetts Turnpike. The underground Orange Line station consists of two platforms serving the line's two tracks, while Silver Line buses stop along the sidewalks on the surface next to the station entrances. Like all Orange Line stations, Tufts Medical Center is fully wheelchair accessible.


Silver Line buses to Downtown Crossing and South Station at Tufts Medical Center station in 2012

In September 1968, the MBTA began construction of the shell of the station - then called South Cove Station - and the South Cove Tunnel during what were to be the early stages of the abandoned Interstate 695 project, in anticipation of the future relocation of the Washington Street Elevated.[2][3] The relocated Orange Line was to run in the median of the extended I-95 in the Southwest Corridor, then replace service on the Needham Line to Needham. Due to a lack of available federal monies, the MBTA financed the $13.3 million project with local bond funds. The tunnel (which reached to Marginal Street) and the station shell were completed in 1972.[2] However, I-695 was cancelled due to local opposition in 1971; the Elevated remained in service, and the South Cove Tunnel and station sat unused.

After the plans for I-95 to be extended into downtown fell through in 1973, the state began looking to use the Southwest Corridor for a combined Orange Line and commuter rail corridor. In 1975, the MBTA applied for $29 million in federal grants to extend the South Cove Tunnel to just past Arlington Street and to finish the interior of South Cove station.[2] Construction began in earnest on the Southwest Corridor in 1979. New England Medical Center station opened on May 4, 1987, along with eight other stations from Back Bay to Forest Hills.[3]

Silver Line service on Washington Street between Dudley and Downtown Crossing started on July 20, 2002. Additional service to South Station (now signed SL4) began on October 15, 2009.[3]

The station was renamed to Tufts Medical Center on March 19, 2010 after the New England Medical Center similarly changed its name.[3]


Around 1990, modern artwork was added to the station as part of the Arts on the Line program. Four abstract works, titled "Caravan", are displayed beside each of the two escalators to the train platforms.[4] They consist of painted aluminum shapes designed by Richard Gubernick, who also has artwork displayed in LaSalle Station in Buffalo, New York.

At each station between Forest Hills and Tufts Medical Center, two granite columns near the outside entrance have been inscribed with text. Those at Tufts are "Mr. Yee is in the Garden" by Maria Gordett and "The Great World Transformed" by Gish Jen.[4]

Bus connections[edit]

Tufts Medical Center serves both routes of the Washington Street section of the Silver Line, which operates between downtown and Dudley. The SL4 section serves South Station, while the SL5 section serves Downtown Crossing and Boylston. The station also sees conventional bus service from the 11 City Point - Downtown via Bayview and 43 Ruggles Station - Park Street & Tremont Street via Tremont Street routes.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Outbound Silver Line toward Dudley Square (Herald Street)
Inbound Silver Line toward South Station (SL4) or Downtown Crossing (SL5) (Chinatown)
M Mezzanine To entrances/exits
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound Orange Line toward Forest Hills (Back Bay)
Northbound Orange Line toward Oak Grove (Chinatown)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Application of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for a Mass Transportation Capital Improvement Grant for a South Cove Tunnel under the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964, As Amended and/or the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1973. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 20 February 1975. 
  3. ^ a b c d Belcher, Jonathan (31 December 2011). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "On the Orange Line". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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