Green Line "C" Branch
|Green Line "C" Branch|
An outbound train at St. Marys Street station
|Locale||Boston and Brookline, Massachusetts|
|Daily ridership||12,466 (2011 surface boardings)|
|Opened||October 23, 1932|
|Character||Underground (Kenmore and eastward)|
Dedicated Lane ROW (west of Kenmore)
|Rolling stock||Kinki Sharyo Type 7|
Ansaldobreda Type 8
|Number of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
The "C" Branch, also called the Beacon Street Line or Cleveland Circle Line, is one of four branches of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Green Line light rail system in the Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area. The line begins at Cleveland Circle in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston and runs on the surface through Brookline along the median of Beacon Street. Reentering Boston, the line goes underground through the St. Marys Street Incline and joins the "B" and "D" Branches at Kenmore. Trains run through the Boylston Street Subway to Copley where the "E" Branch joins, then continue through the Tremont Street Subway to downtown Boston. As of 2017[update], the "C" Branch terminates at North Station; further service to Lechmere is provided by the "E" Branch.
The "C" branch runs on a dedicated median on Beacon Street in Brookline, with a total of 18 grade crossings at major cross streets. Like on its sister "B" branch, "C" branch streetcars must stop on traffic signals at street crossings. The signals on Beacon Street in Brookline could in theory be prioritized to make the Green Line run faster. However, the MBTA, which would be expected to pay for the streetcar sensors, does not consider the project to be cost-effective. In 2007, the Boston Globe published letters from riders who are in favor of these sensors, a letter from the MBTA spokesperson arguing that a major study is needed before the MBTA spends money, and a letter arguing that the T's spokesperson is giving too many excuses.
In January 2008, the MBTA hired a consultant to study the issue. As of 2011[update], the Town of Brookline was considering formally asking the MBTA to cooperate in setting up traffic signal prioritization to speed up Green Line trains on Beacon Street.
The first tracks on Beacon Street were laid in 1888, running from Massachusetts Avenue west to Coolidge Corner. The next year the rest of the line to Cleveland Circle opened, with access to the Reservoir Carhouse. In 1889, the first electric streetcar route (see Green Line "A" Branch) used Beacon Street from Coolidge Corner east to Massachusetts Avenue, then ran south on Massachusetts Avenue and east on Boylston Street to Park Square. That same year the line on Beacon Street to Cleveland Circle was electrified.
Another connection to the Beacon Street line was provided at Washington Square; streetcars came from Brookline Village along Washington Street and turned west on Beacon Street. This line was later extended north on Chestnut Hill Avenue and west on Commonwealth Avenue to Boston College and was the predecessor of the 65 bus route.
On September 1, 1897, the Tremont Street Subway opened and then or soon after Beacon Street service began to run into it via the Boylston Street Portal at the Public Garden, turning around at Park Street. On October 3, 1914, the Boylston Street Subway extended the underground portion to the Kenmore Incline just east of Kenmore Square, and the underground Kenmore and the St. Marys Street Incline extended it west on October 23, 1932.
Until 1967, when it was named the "C" Branch, the Beacon Street route had the map number 61.
- November 20, 1961: cut back from Lechmere to North Station all but Sundays
- March 25, 1967: extended to Lechmere all times
- June–September 1968: cut back to Government Center Sundays, restored to Lechmere afterwards
- March 21, 1980: cut back to Government Center all but rush hours
- June 21, 1980: extended to Lechmere all times
- April 4, 1981: cut back to Park Street
- June 26, 1982: extended to Government Center
- July 30, 1983: extended to North Station
- March 28, 1997: cut back to Government Center
- January 1, 2005: extended to North Station
As of 2016[update], regular C service terminates at North Station.
|Location||Station||Opened||Notes and connections|
|East Cambridge||Lechmere||July 10, 1922||Current station for E Branch; has not served C Branch since April 3, 1981|
|West End||Science Park||August 20, 1955||Current station for E Branch; has not served C Branch since April 3, 1981|
|North End||North Station||June 28, 2004||Original surface station was open from September 3, 1898 to March 27, 1997. Elevated station was open from June 1, 1912 to June 24, 2004.|
MBTA subway: Orange Line
MBTA Bus: 4
MBTA Commuter Rail: Fitchburg Line, Lowell Line, Haverhill Line, and Newburyport/Rockport Line
|Haymarket||September 3, 1898|| MBTA subway: Orange Line|
MBTA Bus: 4, 92, 93, 111, 191, 192, 193, 194, 325, 326, 352, 354, 426, 428, 434, 450
|Downtown Boston||Government Center|| MBTA subway: Blue Line|
MBTA Bus: 191, 192, 193, 352, 354
|Park Street||September 1, 1897|| MBTA subway: Red Line|
MBTA Bus: SL5, 43, 55, 191, 192, 193
At Downtown Crossing: Orange Line, 7, 11, 501, 504, 505, 553, 554, 556, 558
|Boylston||MBTA Bus: SL5, 43, 55, 191, 192, 193|
|Back Bay||Arlington||November 13, 1921||MBTA Bus: 9, 55, 192, 193|
|Copley||October 3, 1914||MBTA Bus: 9, 10, 39, 55, 170, 192, 193, 502, 503|
|Hynes Convention Center||MBTA Bus: 1, 55, 193|
|Fenway–Kenmore||Kenmore||October 23, 1932|| MBTA Bus: 8, 19, 57, 57A, 60, 65, 193|
At Lansdowne: Framingham/Worcester Line
|Brookline||St. Marys Street||1888||MBTA Bus: CT2, 47|
|Carlton Street||Closed on July 24, 1982|
|St. Paul Street|
|Coolidge Corner||MBTA Bus: 66|
|Winchester Street||1889||Closed on July 4, 1982|
|Washington Square||MBTA Bus: 65|
|Winthrop Road||Closed on July 4, 1982|
|Strathmore Road||Closed on July 24, 1982|
|Brighton||Cleveland Circle||At Reservoir: MBTA Bus 51, 86|
- "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014.
- "Google Maps". Google Inc. 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- Masis, Julie (2 December 2007). "Beacon gets smart lights, but T isn't along for the ride". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
- "Letters". The Boston Globe. 9 December 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
- "Letters". The Boston Globe. 16 December 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
- "Letters". The Boston Globe. 30 December 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
- Masis, Julie (27 January 2008). "T may get edge on Beacon St". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
- Parker, Brock (January 11, 2011). "Brookline mulling how to speed up C Line along Beacon Street". boston.com (The Boston Globe). Retrieved 2011-08-02.
- "Go Boston 2030 Full Plan" (PDF). 7 March 2017. p. 168. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
- Belcher, Jonathan (20 July 2011). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). Retrieved 31 July 2011.
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