Arborway (MBTA station)

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MBTA 3202 at Arborway in 1967.jpg
A train arrives at Arborway in 1967
Coordinates 42°18′07″N 71°06′41″W / 42.3020°N 71.1114°W / 42.3020; -71.1114Coordinates: 42°18′07″N 71°06′41″W / 42.3020°N 71.1114°W / 42.3020; -71.1114
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  Green Line "E" branch
Platforms 2
Tracks 1
Closed December 28, 1985[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Terminus Green Line
toward Lechmere

Arborway was a light rail stop and bus transfer location on the MBTA Green Line "E" Branch, located in Arborway Yard near the Forest Hills station complex. It closed in 1985 when the outer section of the branch was temporarily - and ultimately permanently - closed.


1987-built trolley loop at Forest Hills, never used by trolleys, was instead used for the route 39 bus service

Arborway station was located in the Arborway Yard complex, which housed trolleys and trackless trolleys for a number of different lines including the Arborway Line (known as the "E" Branch after 1967). Arborway closed on December 28, 1985 when the line was "temporarily" suspended and ultimately closed.[1] The Arborway carhouse remained until 2000 when it was demolished and replaced by a smaller facility for CNG buses.

When Forest Hills station was rebuilt in 1987, a loop for the "E" Branch was built as part of the station complex, so that Arborway would only be used for layovers and maintenance. New station signs were built with the station name designated as Forest Hills in a green color instead of Arborway. The station also featured 2 small waiting shelters with maps and signage.

No trolley ever used the station, which was instead used for route 39 buses which terminate at the station. A lawsuit mandating the return of service was defeated in court in January 2011, nullifying plans to restore service.[2] The loop was scheduled to be removed as part of the Casey Overpass replacement; any future return of service would use the expanded upper busway on Washington Street.[3]


  1. ^ a b Belcher, Jonathan (19 March 2016). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district 1964-2016" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Ruch, John (26 August 2011). "Trolley comeback killed by court". Jamaica Plain Gazette. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  3. ^ HNTB (12 March 2012). "Casey Overpass Planning and Concept Design Study" (PDF). Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 

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