Jackson Square (MBTA station)

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Jackson Square station from the south, July 2016.jpg
Main entrance to Jackson Square station in 2016
Location 1500 Columbus Avenue at 240 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°19′22″N 71°06′00″W / 42.3229°N 71.1000°W / 42.3229; -71.1000Coordinates: 42°19′22″N 71°06′00″W / 42.3229°N 71.1000°W / 42.3229; -71.1000
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: 14, 22, 29, 41, 44
Bicycle facilities 8 spaces
Disabled access Yes
Opened May 4, 1987[1]
Passengers (2013) 5,828 (weekday average boardings)[2]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Forest Hills
Orange Line
toward Oak Grove

Jackson Square is a rapid transit station on the MBTA Orange Line, located at the intersection of Centre Street and Columbus Avenue in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.


The station opened in 1987 along with the rest of the southern Orange Line stations. In 2004, a project took place that provided the station with murals as well as better lighting and new sidewalks to replace broken ones after a spree of violent crimes near the station. The granite monolith located at the station "Grandmothers" was written by Cambridge writer/artist Christine Palamidessi Moore.[3] The story is a memoir about her ethnic grandmothers and was selected for placement at the subway station by local residents.[4] The improvements at the station were designed to reduce criminal activity as well as provide a more welcoming atmosphere for transit riders.[5][6]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Southbound Orange Line toward Forest Hills (Stony Brook)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Orange Line toward Oak Grove (Roxbury Crossing)

Bus connections[edit]

A route 41 bus at Jackson Square

Jackson Square station is served by five MBTA Bus routes:

All of the routes operate into an off-street busway located adjacent to the station. The 14, 29, and 44 terminate at Jackson Square.


  1. ^ Belcher, Jonathan (19 March 2016). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district 1964-2016" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. 
  3. ^ "Alumni News" (PDF) (Press release). Pitt Magazine. 1996. 
  4. ^ "Grandmothers" (PDF). Boston MBTA. 1992. 
  5. ^ "Jackson Square Station Improvements Are Completed" (Press release). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 10 December 2004. Archived from the original on 13 December 2004. 
  6. ^ "Envisioning Peace: Local youths draw upon talents to improve MBTA stop" (Press release). Hyde Square Task Force. 15 July 2004. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. 

Art at Jackson Square[edit]

Art on the Orange Line: Memoir about "Grandmothers" engraved on granite monolith at Jackson Square MBTA stop written by Christine Palamidessi Moore.

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