Harvard Avenue station

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Harvard Avenue
Inbound train at Harvard Avenue station, December 2018.JPG
An inbound train at Harvard Avenue station in December 2018
LocationCommonwealth Avenue at Harvard Avenue
Allston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°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 byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport MBTA Bus: 66
Disabled accessYes
RebuiltNovember 2001-October 2002
Passengers (2011)3,602 (average weekday boardings)[1]
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Griggs Street Green Line Packards Corner

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 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 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]


  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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