Quincy Adams station

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Quincy Adams
Quincy Adams station platform from above (2), December 2018.JPG
Quincy Adams station platform viewed from above in 2018
LocationBurgin Parkway at Centre Street
Quincy, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°13′58″N 71°00′29″W / 42.232894°N 71.008083°W / 42.232894; -71.008083Coordinates: 42°13′58″N 71°00′29″W / 42.232894°N 71.008083°W / 42.232894; -71.008083
Owned byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Line(s)Braintree Branch
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2 (Red Line)
1 (Commuter rail)
ConnectionsBus transport MBTA Bus: 230, 238
Parking2538 spaces ($9.00 fee)
29 accessible spaces
Bicycle facilities64 spaces
Disabled accessYes
OpenedSeptember 10, 1983[1]
ClosedJune 30, 1959
Previous namesSouth Quincy (until 1867)
Passengers (2013)4,785 (daily boardings)[2]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Alewife
Red Line
Former services
Preceding station   New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad   Following station
South Shore Line
toward Greenbush

Quincy Adams is a rapid transit station in Quincy, Massachusetts. It serves the Braintree Branch of the MBTA's Red Line. Located in southern Quincy on Burgin Parkway near the Braintree Split, the station features a large park and ride garage, with space for 2,538 automobiles, built over the station tracks and platforms. It is fully accessible.


Old Colony Railroad[edit]

The extant station building at Avon, identical to the former station at Quincy Adams

The Old Colony Railroad had a South Quincy station at Water Street in southern Quincy.[3][4] In December 1867, it was renamed Quincy Adams (after President John Quincy Adams who was born nearby).[5] A stone station building was constructed in 1869; it was identical to the still-extant station at Avon, which was built around the same time.[6]

The 1926 Report on Improved Transportation Facilities and 1945–47 Coolidge Commission Report recommended the Cambridge-Dorchester Line receive a branch to Braintree along the Old Colony right-of-way.[7][8] Quincy Adams station closed along with the rest of the Old Colony system on June 30, 1959, and was later demolished.[3][6]

Red Line opening[edit]

The modern rapid transit station opened on September 10, 1983 as an infill station on the Braintree Branch. Quincy Adams had been scheduled to open along with Braintree (which opened on March 22, 1980), but construction delays caused opening to be three years late.[1] Although known as South Quincy during early planning, it was finally named Quincy Adams.[9]

From their openings until 2007, a double entry fare and single exit fare were charged at Quincy Adams and Braintree when leaving the subway, as a proxy for distance-based fares. The extra fares was discontinued as part of a fare increase and service change on January 1, 2007.[10] Similar charges existed until 1980 for the inner stations on the Braintree Branch.

Garage issues[edit]

Entrance to the parking garage

Until 2012, access to the garage had only been from ramps off I-93 and Route 3, with the Burgin Parkway entrance leading only to a 160-space surface lot. In July 2012, after the closure of the garage at Quincy Center due to structural issues, the 130-space lower level of the garage was made accessible from Burgin Parkway as well.[11]

Although built to last 50 years, the $28 million garage at Quincy Adams began suffering concrete damage due to water leakage and ill-fitting structural elements. Repairs were performed to the Quincy Adams and Braintree garages in the mid 1990s. In 2015, the MBTA began a $4.4 million project to address urgent structural issues with the two garages, though $56 million for full repairs or replacement was still needed.[12] The garage will be fully renovated from September 2017 through December 2020 at a cost of $42 million; the station and garage will remain open during the whole project.[13]

Independence Avenue entrance[edit]

The newly-reopened Independence Avenue entrance in December 2018

Until December 2018, the only pedestrian access to the station was via the park and ride garage off Burgin Parkway. The MBTA opened a pedestrian entrance on the east side of the station leading to Independence Avenue in 1981. However, the streets surrounding that entrance were frequently used for parking by riders seeking to avoid paying for the parking garage. In the late 1980s, the entrance was closed, leaving neighborhood residents without station access.[14][15] Some neighborhood residents climbed over the gate to use the station.[16] The entrance was a point of contention between the cities of Quincy and Braintree; in February 2014, officials from the two towns proposed that a lock system be created where only nearby residents could enter from Independence Avenue.[17]

The garage improvements included repairs to the pathway from Independence Avenue, but the MBTA claimed that the entrance was a "city issue" and did not plan to reopen it as part of the project.[18] In April 2018, the city announced that the gate would be opened by September of that year.[19] The gate was ultimately opened on December 3, 2018.[20]

Bus service[edit]

Interior of the parking garage with busway platforms

The station was built with a large busway (bus transfer facility) for MBTA Bus routes, with entry from Centre Street and exit to Burgin Parkway, but it has remained very underutilized throughout the history of the station. The busway has never served as a terminal for any MBTA bus route, and only route 238 uses it.[1] (Route 230, which runs on Independence Avenue, also serves the station.) However, several other services have used the busway at various times.

In November 1985, one-week trials were run of MBTA service directly from Alewife and Quincy Adams to Logan International Airport. The Quincy Adams service was considered successful and became permanent.; it was later contracted to Plymouth & Brockton in November 1987. From 1988 to 1990 service continued past Quincy Adams to Plymouth. In November 1990, the terminal was moved from Quincy Adams to a parking lot near Braintree to free garage spots for MBTA commuters.[1]

In February 1990, two special routes, 201 Riverside - Museum of Fine Arts and 202 Quincy Adams - Museum of Fine Arts, were run during a Monet exhibition at the museum.[1] Beginning in August 1999, Interstate Coach operated reverse commute bus service from Boston to a business park in Canton, with intermediate stops at JFK/UMass at Quincy Adams. The service was operated by Bloom Bus Lines after it acquired Interstate in August 2003, but discontinued in July 2004.[1]

Beginning with the 1994 season, the MBTA subsidized private-carrier service from Forest Hills, Alewife, Riverside, and Quincy Adams to Gillette Stadium for New England Patriots home games. Service from the latter three stations lasted until the 2000 season.[1]

Station layout[edit]

A single track runs through the station carrying the Old Colony Lines and Greenbush Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, but there is no commuter rail platform and trains do not stop.

Platform level
Inbound Red Line toward Alewife (Quincy Center)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Outbound Red Line toward Braintree (Terminus)
Commuter rail track Commuter rail lines/CapeFLYER do not stop here →


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  11. ^ Simpson, Neal (18 July 2012). "MBTA to open Burgin Parkway entrance to Quincy Adams garage". Patriot Ledger. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  12. ^ Burrell, Chris (16 November 2015). "Stopgap repairs being made to crumbling MBTA garages in Quincy, Braintree". Patriot Ledger. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  13. ^ "MBTA Red Line Corridor Improvements: Public Meetings Set". MassDOT Blog (Press release). Massachusetts Department of Transportation. March 31, 2017.
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  15. ^ Davey, Rich (22 May 2011). "Ask the MBTA: On gates and delays". Metro. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
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  17. ^ Simpson, Neal (14 February 2014). "Plan targets entrance dispute at Quincy Adams T station". Patriot Ledger. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  18. ^ Hanson, Fred (April 12, 2017). "Quincy Adams station work doesn't include gate opening". Wicked Local Somerville. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  19. ^ Cotter, Sean Philip (April 25, 2018). "City to open controversial Quincy Adams pedestrian gate". Patriot Ledger.
  20. ^ Vaccaro, Adam (December 3, 2018). "Finally, gate opens to connect Red Line and Quincy neighborhood". Boston Globe.

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