Northeastern University station

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Northeastern University station as seen from Forsyth Street.
LocationHuntington Avenue at Opera Place
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°20′23″N 71°05′25″W / 42.3397°N 71.0903°W / 42.3397; -71.0903Coordinates: 42°20′23″N 71°05′25″W / 42.3397°N 71.0903°W / 42.3397; -71.0903
Owned byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
  Green Line "E" branch
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport MBTA Bus: 39
Disabled accessYes
OpenedFebruary 16, 1941
Rebuilt2002–May 26, 2003[1]
Previous namesOpera Place (1941-1947)
Passengers (2011)2,650[2]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Heath Street
Green Line
toward Lechmere

Northeastern University (signed as Northeastern) is a surface-level trolley stop on the MBTA Green Line. It is located in a dedicated median along Huntington Avenue in Boston, between Opera Place and Forsyth Street, and is adjacent to the Krentzman Quad on the campus of Northeastern University. It is the first surface-level stop going outbound along the Green Line "E" Branch; trolleys rise from a portal located between Opera Place and Gainsborough Street and continue along the surface down Huntington Avenue towards Mission Hill.


An outbound streetcar at Northeastern in 1967

The modern Green Line "E" Branch opened on February 16, 1941 with the completion of the Huntington Avenue subway from Copley to the Northeastern Incline. (Before then, trams had run on the surface from the Boylston Street portal). On May 21, 1947, the Boston Elevated Railway board voted to change the name from Opera Place to Northeastern University.[3] The stop was named on maps as early as the 1951 M.T.A. route map, while most other surface stops (save for Brigham Circle and Heath Street) did not appear separately until around 1990.[4]

Until bare asphalt platforms were installed in the 1970s, there were no real stations on much of the surface portion of the line; passengers merely waited on street corners and boarded from the street.[3] However, Northeastern University received platforms much earlier due to its high traffic. In a renovation that took place in 2002 and 2003, a new handicapped-accessible station was built between Opera Place and Forsyth Street. Temporary platforms were built northeast of Opera Place during the renovations; a station sign is still in place. The rebuilt station opened on May 26, 2003.[1]

On August 23, 2004, a Type 8 Breda low-floor trolley derailed at the station, causing scarring in the outbound platform near the pedestrian crossing on the Opera Place side of the station.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Transportation Short Notes" (PDF). TRANSreport. Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization. July 2003. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014.
  3. ^ a b Clarke, Bradley H. (2003). Streetcar Lines of the Hub - The 1940s. Boston Street Railway Association. p. 93, 98. ISBN 0938315056.
  4. ^ Metropolitan Transit Authority (1951). "Metropolitan Transit Authority System Route Map 2nd Edition". Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Derailment disrupts Green Line E service". Boston Globe. August 23, 2014.

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