Maverick station headhouse in 2009
|Location||220 Sumner Street|
East Boston, Massachusetts
|Owned by||Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority|
|Line(s)||East Boston Tunnel|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Opened||December 5, 1904 as streetcar portal|
|Rebuilt||April 18, 1924 (converted to rapid transit)|
|Passengers (2014)||10,106 (weekday average boardings)|
Maverick is a rapid transit station in Boston, Massachusetts. It serves the MBTA's Blue Line and is located at Maverick Square in East Boston. It is the easternmost underground station on the Blue Line and a transfer point to various buses. One center island platform provides access to the surface in the middle of Maverick Square. In the station, a track map lined with light bulbs shows the position of the trains on the Blue Line between Bowdoin and Orient Heights. It was one of the last stations to be converted to 6-car train service in the MBTA's Blue Line renovation project.
When the East Boston Tunnel originally opened on December 30, 1904, it was a streetcar tunnel with a portal at Maverick, known as Maverick Portal or the Maverick Incline. There was no station at Maverick; streetcars simply left the portal and continued north on Meridian Street or southeast on Maverick Street.
On April 18, 1924, the tunnel was converted to rapid transit and Maverick station opened. The streetcar loop was between the rapid transit platforms. The last streetcar lines to use the underground loop were the 114, 115, 116, 117, 118 and 121; these last ran January 4, 1952, the day before the Revere Extension to the rapid transit line opened. The streetcar loop and portal have since been closed, with parts of the incline now used for pedestrian access. The station now has an extra-wide platform as a result of filling in the former streetcar tracks.
The station has gone through extensive renovation including adding new fixtures and improved accessibility. The new station opened in August 2009.
The station is a terminal for five MBTA Bus local routes:
- 114: Bellingham Square - Maverick Station
- 116: Wonderland Station - Maverick Station via Revere Street
- 117: Wonderland Station - Maverick Station via Beach Street
- 120: Orient Heights Station - Maverick Station via Bennington Street, Jeffries Point & Waldemar Loop
- 121: Wood Island Station - Maverick Station via Lexington Street
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