Braintree (MBTA station)

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MBTA 01862 at Braintree station, December 2015.JPG
Red Line train at Braintree station in December 2015
Location 197 Ivory Street
Braintree, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°12′27″N 71°00′05″W / 42.2074°N 71.0014°W / 42.2074; -71.0014Coordinates: 42°12′27″N 71°00′05″W / 42.2074°N 71.0014°W / 42.2074; -71.0014
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Line(s) MBTA Subway: MBTA Commuter Rail:
Platforms 1 island platform (Red Line)
1 island platform (Commuter Rail)
Tracks 2 (Red Line)
2 (Commuter Rail)
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: 230, 236
Parking 1,322 spaces ($7.00 fee)
Bicycle facilities 30 spaces
"Pedal and Park" bicycle cage
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone 2 (Commuter Rail)
Opened March 22, 1980 (1980-03-22) (Red Line)
September 29, 1997 (1997-09-29) (Commuter Rail)
Passengers (2013 weekday average boardings) 5,122 (Red Line)[1]
72 (Commuter Rail)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Alewife
Red Line Terminus
Lakeville Line
Kingston/Plymouth Line
toward Kingston or Plymouth
toward Hyannis
  Former services  
Cape Cod and Hyannis Railroad
Terminus Main line
Closed 1988
toward Hyannis or Falmouth

Braintree, located at Ivory and Union Streets in Braintree, Massachusetts, is the southernmost station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Red Line. It also is a stop on the MBTA Commuter Rail Old Colony Lines. While the tracks of the Red Line and commuter rail lines are all parallel to one another, their platforms are offset; the commuter rail platform is located north of Union Street, while the Red Line platform is south of the street.

The station features a large park and ride garage, with space for 1,322 automobiles (though the garage often fills up on busy days). It can be easily reached from Exit 17 off Route 3. Braintree is fully handicapped accessible on all modes.


The 1997-opened commuter rail platform

The station opened on March 22, 1980 for Red Line service.[2] Between 1984 and 1988 the Cape Cod and Hyannis Railroad operated a state-subsidized seasonal weekend service from Braintree to Hyannis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.[3][4] Commuter rail service began on September 26, 1997, when the Old Colony Lines re-opened.[2]

From 1980 to 2007, a double entry fare and single exit fare were charged at Braintree and Quincy Adams when leaving the subway. The extra fares were discontinued as part of a fare increase and service change on January 1, 2007.[5] Similar charges existed until 1980 on the inner stations on the Braintree Branch.

Although built to last 50 years, the parking garage at Braintree began suffering concrete damage due to water leakage and ill-fitting structural elements. Repairs were performed to the Quincy Adams and Braintree garages in the mid 1990s. In 2015, the MBTA began a $4.4 million project to address urgent structural issues with the two garages, though $56 million for full repairs or replacement is still needed.[6] Further construction on the Braintree garage began on February 22, 2016 and will last until August 2016.[7] The garage will be fully renovated from September 2017 through August 2019 at a cost of $31 million; the station and garage will remain open during the project.[8]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Commuter rail track Commuter rail lines/CapeFLYER
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Commuter rail track Commuter rail lines/CapeFLYER
Inbound Red Line toward Alewife (Quincy Adams)
Red Line alighting passengers only →
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Inbound Red Line toward Alewife (Quincy Adams)
Red Line alighting passengers only →
G Street Level Exit/Entrance

Bus connections[edit]

A route 236 bus at Braintree in 2015

Two MBTA Bus routes serve a busway next to the Red Line platform at Braintree:


  1. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Belcher, Jonathan (12 November 2012). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Longcope, Kay (February 19, 1989). "RECORD NUMBER OF VEHICLES CROSSED CAPE COD CANAL IN JULY AND AUGUST". Boston Globe  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  4. ^ Ackerman, Jerry (July 5, 1989). "MASS. SPENT $1.2M ON DEPOTS WHERE TRAINS NOW SELDOM GO". Boston Globe  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  5. ^ Waltz, Vicky (11 November 2006). "End of the Line for Free T". BU Today. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Burrell, Chris (16 November 2015). "Stopgap repairs being made to crumbling MBTA garages in Quincy, Braintree". Patriot Ledger. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Subway Service Alerts: Red Line: Current". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 17 February 2016. Archived from the original on 24 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "MBTA Red Line Corridor Improvements: Public Meetings Set". MassDOT Blog (Press release). Massachusetts Department of Transportation. March 31, 2017. 

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