Chestnut Hill Avenue (MBTA station)

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Inbound train at Chestnut Hill Avenue, August 2016.JPG
Inbound train at Chestnut Hill Avenue station in 2016
Location Commonwealth Avenue at Chestnut Hill Avenue
Brighton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°20′17″N 71°09′11″W / 42.33817°N 71.15310°W / 42.33817; -71.15310Coordinates: 42°20′17″N 71°09′11″W / 42.33817°N 71.15310°W / 42.33817; -71.15310
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  Green Line "B" Branch
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Passengers (2011) 626 (weekday average boardings)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Green Line
toward Park Street
This article is about the Green Line "B" Branch station. For the Green Line "D" Branch station, see Chestnut Hill (MBTA station).

Chestnut Hill Avenue is a light rail surface stop on the MBTA Green Line "B" Branch, located in the median of Commonwealth Avenue just east of Chestnut Hill Avenue in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Chestnut Hill Avenue has two low-level platforms, serving the "B" Branch's two tracks; the stop is not handicapped accessible.

Station layout[edit]

Street/Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "B" Branch toward Boston College (South Street)
Inbound "B" Branch toward Park Street (Chiswick Road)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Just to the west of the station, there is a wye connecting the "B" Branch to non-revenue tracks which run along Chestnut Hill Avenue to Reservoir Carhouse at Cleveland Circle. The tracks are used to supply the "B" Branch with cars before rush hour, as the carhouse at Boston College has limited storage area.[1] The leg of the wye leading from the westbound "B" Branch to the non-revenue tracks is out of service and paved over.

2008 derailment[edit]

On May 14, 2008, an outbound train derailed at Chestnut Hill Avenue. It struck a nearby utility pole, which brought down the overhead wires, causing the trolley to catch fire. No injuries were reported, but the trolley suffered significant damage.[2][3]


One MBTA Bus route runs on Chestnut Hill Avenue:[4]

Connections can be made to the "C" Branch at Cleveland Circle, and to the "D" Branch and the route 51 bus at Reservoir, both 14 mile (0.40 km) to the south down Chestnut Hill Avenue.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. 
  2. ^ "Green Line's B branch to remain shut at least through rush hour". Boston Globe. May 14, 2008. Archived from the original on July 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ Finucane, Martin (May 15, 2008). "Trolley with 30 aboard derails, catches fire on the Green Line". Boston Globe. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Chestnut Hill Avenue Station Neighborhood Map" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. April 2012. 

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