Uphams Corner (MBTA station)
Outbound train leaving Uphams Corner
|Address||691 Dudley Street
Dorchester, MA 02125-2204
|Connections||MBTA Bus: 15, 41, 191|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||1855; November 3, 1979;
October 5, 1987
|Closed||1944; January 30, 1981|
|Rebuilt||January 23, 2007|
|Passengers (2009 daily)||154|
Uphams Corner is a commuter rail station on the Fairmount Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, located on Dudley Street in the Uphams Corner area of the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The station is fully wheelchair accessible with two full-length high-level platforms and ramps to the street, which were added during a construction project that finished in 2007. The Upham's Corner business district is within easy walking distance. Travel time to South Station is approximately 11 minutes.
Service on the Fairmount Line (as the Dorchester Branch of the Norfolk County Railroad and later the New York and New England Railroad and New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad) began in 1855 and lasted until 1944. The service included a stop at Uphams Corner. The station was originally known as Dudley Street; it may have been later changed to avoid confusion with Dudley Street Terminal. A separate station was located just one street to the north, at Cottage Street.
The Dorchester Branch (also known as the Midland Route) was reopened as a bypass in November 1979 during Southwest Corridor construction, including stops at Uphams Corner, Morton Street, and Fairmount. Uphams Corner was originally built at minimal cost, with small low-level platforms and staircases to Dudley Street. Intended to be only in service for several years, the station was not handicapped accessible. Uphams Corner and Morton Street were dropped in January 1981 as part of systemwide cuts. Service over the route was intended to be temporary; however, it was popular with residents of the communities the line passed through. When the Southwest Corridor reopened in October 1987, the Fairmount shuttle service was retained, with Uphams Corner and Morton Street reopened.
The station was rebuilt in 2005-2007 as part of the larger Fairmount Line Improvements project, which also included four new stations along the line. A groundbreaking was held on April 14, 2005. The rebuilding included new full-length high-level platforms, ramps to Dudley Street, canopies, and new lighting and signage. The new, fully handicapped-accessible station was officially reopened on January 23, 2007.
Nearby Uphams Corner has long been a transfer point between streetcar and bus lines. Two regular bus routes serve the station directly via Dudley Street:
- 15 - Kane Square or Fields Corner Station - Ruggles Station via Uphams Corner
- 41 - Centre & Eliot Streets. - JFK/UMass Station via Dudley Station, Centre Street & Jackson Square Station
Additionally, the 191 - Mattapan - Haymarket via Ashmont, Fields Corner and Dudley route (a single early-morning round trip for fare collectors) stops at the station, as do a pair of rerouted afternoon 16 Forest Hills Station - Andrew Station or UMass via Columbia Road trips for school service. (All other #16 trips, as well as all 17 trips, instead stop at Uphams Corner itself, several blocks to the east of the station.)
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