Andrew (MBTA station)

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Andrew inbound train.JPG
Inbound MBTA Red Line train at Andrew in 2011
Location Dorchester Avenue at Southampton Street
South Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°19′49″N 71°03′26″W / 42.33019°N 71.05712°W / 42.33019; -71.05712Coordinates: 42°19′49″N 71°03′26″W / 42.33019°N 71.05712°W / 42.33019; -71.05712
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Disabled access Yes
Opened June 29, 1918
Rebuilt 1990-1994
Passengers (2013) 6,425 (weekday average boardings)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Alewife
Red Line
toward Ashmont or Braintree

Andrew is a rapid transit station on the MBTA Red Line, located at Andrew Square in South Boston, Massachusetts. Named for John Albion Andrew, the square is at the intersection of several major thoroughfares: Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester Street, Southampton Street, and Boston Street. Andrew is the primary transfer point between the Red Line subway and the MBTA surface bus routes into South Boston. Opened in 1918 and renovated in 1994, it is fully wheelchair accessible.


Andrew station under construction in April 1917
A route 17 trolley at the surface station in the 1940s

The station opened in June 1918 as the southern terminus of the Cambridge-Dorchester Line, and quickly replaced Broadway as the primary streetcar transfer point for South Boston. A multiple track streetcar station was built on the surface, with direct connections from the rapid transit platforms. Andrew was the terminus of the line until November 1927, when Columbia, Savin Hill, and Fields Corner stations opened on the Ashmont Branch.[2]

The fare mezzanines and staircases were reconfigured over the years as streetcars were replaced by trackless trolleys and later buses. Streetcars and trackless trolleys entered the surface station from Dorchester Avenue, but after bustitution in 1962 the traffic direction was reversed.[3]

From its opening on September 1, 1971 to until the second platform at JFK/UMass opened on December 14, 1988, Andrew was the southernmost transfer point between the Ashmont and South Shore branches of the line. The platforms were extended in the mid 1980s to allow six-car trains, but the station itself was deteriorating.[2]

After political requests and lobbying efforts by the local community, the station underwent extensive renovation from 1990 to 1993 with a new bus shed and underground connections, including a crossover mezzanine between the Red Line platforms. Work began in September 1990; the station was closed nights and some weekends until March 1991 during the heaviest work.[2] Construction on the busway finished in January 1994.[2]:25 The rebuilt station incorporates elevators to the platforms to provide full handicapped accessibility.

The station includes the Andrew Station Time Capsule, a public art installation by Ross Miller, consisting of 14 stainless steel boxes suspended over the tracks, which contain items collected from riders during station renovation in 1993.[4] The boxes are to be opened in 2068, 75 years after their installation. The restored original wood frame toll taker's booth from the 1920s is installed as a permanent display in the inbound-outbound crossover lobby.[4]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance, headhouse
M Mezzanine Crossover, fare control, to entrances/exits
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Inbound Red Line toward Alewife (Broadway)
Outbound Red Line toward Ashmont or Braintree (JFK/UMass)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Bus connections[edit]

Busways at Andrew, renovated in the early 1990s

Andrew is the primary bus transfer point for several lines running to South Boston, as well as several routes that ran across Roxbury and Dorchester:


  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Belcher, Jonathan (22 March 2014). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  3. ^ O'Regan, Gerry (2005). "MBTA Red Line". Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Andrew Square Time capsule". Ross Miller. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 

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