Harvard Avenue (MBTA station)

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This article is about the Green Line "B" Branch station. For the Red Line station in Cambridge, see Harvard (MBTA station).
Harvard Avenue outbound.JPG
Outbound platform at Harvard Avenue station in 2011
Location Commonwealth Avenue at Harvard Avenue
Allston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′00″N 71°07′52″W / 42.350118°N 71.131197°W / 42.350118; -71.131197Coordinates: 42°21′00″N 71°07′52″W / 42.350118°N 71.131197°W / 42.350118; -71.131197
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: 66
Disabled access Yes
Rebuilt 2001-March 2002
Passengers (2011) 3,602 (average weekday boardings)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Green Line
toward Park Street

Harvard Avenue is a light rail station on the MBTA Green Line "B" Branch, located in the neighborhood of Allston, Boston, Massachusetts. The station is located on the west side of Commonwealth Avenue at Harvard Avenue, in a residential and commercial district. The station consists of two side platforms, located on opposite sides of Harvard Avenue, which serve the "B" Branch's two tracks. The station is fully handicapped accessible.


Reconstruction work in April 2002

Harvard Avenue is the second-busiest surface stop on the Green Line surface branches (behind only Coolidge Corner), with an average of 4,077 boardings on weekdays.[1] The high ridership is because the station is the primary rapid transit connection for much of Allston as well as the eastern portion of Brighton. Additionally, it is a major bus transfer station for the busy route 66 bus, a crosstown trunk route which also serves as a feeder route connecting Allston and Brookline to the subway system.

Due to its high ridership, Harvard Avenue was one of the first Green Line surface stops to be made handicapped accessible. The station was rebuilt with slightly raised platforms in 2001-02 to allow level boarding onto the new Type 8 trams. Construction began in November 2001, with completion of the project in October 2002.[2][3] Delays in construction caused cascading delays to similar renovations at Boston University East and Boston University Central.[4] During the construction work, temporary platforms were constructed on the opposite side of Harvard Avenue from their usual configuration.

Harvard Avenue is one of only five surface stations on the branch that is handicapped accessible, along with Boston University East, Boston University Central, Washington Street, and the branch terminus at Boston College.[1]

Station layout[edit]

Street/Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "B" Branch toward Boston College (Griggs Street/Long Avenue)
Inbound "B" Branch toward Park Street (Packards Corner)
Side platform, doors will open on the right


  1. ^ a b c "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. 
  2. ^ "MBTA Continues Accessibility Program On The B Branch of the Green Line". MBTA Press Releases (Press release). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. October 30, 2001. Archived from the original on October 30, 2001. 
  3. ^ Palatucci, Roseanne (February 18, 2003). "MBTA Construction Affects Students". The Heights. Vol. 84 no. 6. p. A3. 
  4. ^ "BU East, Central T Stop Construction Begins Monday". Daily Free Press. March 15, 2002. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 

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