Morton Street (MBTA station)
Outbound train at Morton Street station in August 2016
|Location||865 Morton Street
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||MBTA Bus: 21, 26|
|Parking||Kiss and ride only|
|Opened||1855; November 3, 1979;
October 5, 1987
|Closed||1944, January 30, 1981|
|Previous names||Forest Avenue|
|Passengers (2013)||130 (weekday inbound average)|
Morton Street is a commuter rail station on the MBTA Commuter Rail Fairmount Line, located at 865 Morton Street (MA 203) in the Mattapan section of Boston, Massachusetts. With two full-length high-level platforms and ramps to the street, the station is fully wheelchair accessible. The station was reconstructed in 2006, with the official reopening in 2007.
Service on the Fairmount Line (as the Dorchester Branch of the Norfolk County Railroad and later the New York and New England Railroad and New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad) began in 1855 and lasted until 1944. The service included a stop at Morton Street, originally known as Forest Avenue.
The Dorchester Branch (Midland Route) was reopened as a bypass in November 1979 during Southwest Corridor construction, including stops at Uphams Corner, Morton Street, and Fairmount. However, Uphams Corner and Morton Street were dropped in January 1981 as part of systemwide cuts. Morton Street was originally built at minimal cost, with small low-level platforms and staircases to Morton Street. The station was not handicapped accessible, since service over the route was intended to be temporary; however, it was popular with residents of the communities the line passed through. When the Southwest Corridor reopened on October 5, 1987, the Fairmount Line shuttle service was retained, with Uphams Corner and Morton Street reopened.
Starting in 2006, the station underwent a $6.5 million rebuilding as part of the Fairmount Line Improvements project. The upgrades included two full-length high-level platforms, ramps to Morton Street and Flint Street, canopies, and improved lighting and signage. The station is now fully handicapped accessible. The station officially reopened on July 17, 2007. In 2014, MassDOT replaced the structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the Fairmount Line tracks. Alternate accessible entrances to the station from the street were used during the replacement.
The station is served by two MBTA Bus local routes running on Morton Street:
- 21 Ashmont Station - Forest Hills Station via Morton Street
- 26 Ashmont Station - Norfolk & Morton Belt Line.
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