Boston College (MBTA station)

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Boston College MBTA station
Location Commonwealth Avenue at Lake Street, Boston
Coordinates 42°20′24.3″N 71°10′1.2″W / 42.340083°N 71.167000°W / 42.340083; -71.167000Coordinates: 42°20′24.3″N 71°10′1.2″W / 42.340083°N 71.167000°W / 42.340083; -71.167000
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  Green Line "B" branch
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Disabled access Yes
Opened 1909
Rebuilt 2009
Previous names Lake Street (1909-1947)
Passengers (2009 daily) 1,042[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Terminus Green Line
toward Park Street

The Boston College station is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line's B-branch (also known as the "Boston College" line). It is located at St Ignatius Square on the Boston College campus in Brighton, Boston, near the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Lake Street. The current station is planned to be replaced by a new station located in the median of Commonwealth Avenue just east of Lake Street.

Station layout[edit]

Street/Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "B" Branch termination platform
Inbound "B" Branch toward Government Center (South Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


Originally called Lake Street, the station was once the eastern terminus of another trolley line, the Commonwealth Avenue Street Railway, operated by the Middlesex and Boston Street Railway until 1930. The route of the former trolley line is evidenced by the grassy, tree-lined median which runs the entire length of Commonwealth Avenue in Newton. The station was renamed to Boston College on May 21, 1947 by vote of the Boston Elevated Railway trustees during the building of the Newton campus.[2] Except for occasional service disruptions due to track work or blockages on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston College has been the terminus of the Commonwealth Avenue line ("B" Branch) since 1909.

Temporary outbound platform used during construction of the current platforms in 2009

In 2007, Boston College released its 10 Year Institutional Master Plan which includes a plan to relocate the station to the median of Commonwealth Avenue, just east of the Lake Street intersection. The college later agreed to aid the project financially and to donate land to widen Commonwealth Avenue to accommodate the station.[3] A $296,000 temporary accessibility solution with new platforms was built on the existing site in 2009, but planning continues for the relocated station.[4] (During construction, temporary platforms were built near Lake Street). The project was advanced to 15% design by a $656,000 federal grant and $164,500 of MBTA funds.[4] The design is currently being advanced to the 30% level; once funds are made available, the new station will take 24 months to construct at a cost of $20 million.[5]

The new station will have two side platforms, with a narrower platform between the tracks for passengers offloading from outbound trains and a wider platform with canopies for those waiting to board inbound trains.[4] The new station would eliminate streetcars having to cross Commonwealth Avenue to access the platforms, which will reduce moves across Commonwealth by 89%, though streetcars will still need to cross to access the yard.[5] It will have raised platforms for level, handicapped-accessible boarding on newer low-floor streetcars and a ramp for accessible boarding on older high-floor streetcars. (The current station is only accessible for low-floor streetcars.)


  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Clarke, Bradley H. (2003). Streetcar Lines of the Hub. Boston Street Railway Association. p. 99. ISBN 0938315056. 
  3. ^ "Chapter 9: Transportation and Parking" (PDF). Boston College Institutional Master Plan. Boston College. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Rocheleau, Matt (28 September 2012). "MBTA to hold meeting on $20m project to rebuild Boston College Station". Boston Globe. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Green Line - Boston College Station". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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