Brookline Hills (MBTA station)

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MBTA 3858 at Brookline Hills station, April 2016.JPG
An outbound train at Brookline Hills station in April 2016
Location Tappan Street at Cypress Street
Brookline, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°19′53″N 71°7′36″W / 42.33139°N 71.12667°W / 42.33139; -71.12667Coordinates: 42°19′53″N 71°7′36″W / 42.33139°N 71.12667°W / 42.33139; -71.12667
Owned by MBTA
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Bicycle facilities 6 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Opened July 4, 1959[1]
Passengers (2013) 1,225 (daily average)[2]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Riverside
Green Line

Brookline Hills is a light rail station on the MBTA Green Line "D" Branch, located west of Cypress Street in the Brookline Hills section of Brookline, Massachusetts. The station has two side platforms serving the line's two tracks. It does not have raised platforms to provide handicapped accessibility to low-floor trams, but it does have wooden "mini-high" ramps to provide level boarding on older high-floor trams.

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "D" Branch toward Riverside (Beaconsfield)
Inbound "D" Branch toward Government Center (Brookline Village)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge depot picture on an early color postcard

The original Brookline Hills station opened in 1852 on the Highland Branch, which at the time was a conventional commuter rail line. After 1886, loop service was run via what is now the Framingham/Worcester Line and later the Needham Line. In March 1892, a new station designed by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge was opened.[3][4]

The final trains on the line ran on May 31, 1958. The line was converted to light rail by the M.T.A. and Brookline Hills reopened on July 4, 1959, along with the rest of the "D" Branch.[1] The 1892 depot is no longer extant.

Bus connections[edit]

One MBTA Bus route serves the station:


  1. ^ a b Belcher, Jonathan (September 30, 2016). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district 1964-2016" (PDF). NETransit. 
  2. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. 
  3. ^ Morgan, Keith N.; Cushing, Elizabeth Hope; Reed, Roger (2009). "Appendix VI: The Brookline projects of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge" (PDF). Community by Design: The Role of the Frederick Law Olmsted Office in the Suburbanization of Brookline, Massachusetts, 1880 to 1936. Boston University. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl (June 1988). "Architecture for the Boston & Albany Railroad: 1881-1894". Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. 47 (2): 130. doi:10.2307/990324. JSTOR 990324. (Subscription required (help)). 

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