Silver Line Way (MBTA station)

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Silver Line Way station, March 2016.JPG
Buses at the outbound platform at Silver Line Way
Location Silver Line Way at Pumphouse Road
South Boston Waterfront
Coordinates 42°20′50″N 71°02′19″W / 42.3472°N 71.0386°W / 42.3472; -71.0386Coordinates: 42°20′50″N 71°02′19″W / 42.3472°N 71.0386°W / 42.3472; -71.0386
Owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Platforms 2 side platforms
Disabled access Yes
Opened December 17, 2004[1]
Passengers (2014) 870 (weekday boardings)[2]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Silver Line
Silver Line
306 Northern Ave.
toward Design Center
  Future services  
Silver Line
Opening 2017
toward Chelsea
  Former services  
Silver Line
Closed 2009
21 Dry Dock Ave.
toward City Point

Silver Line Way is a surface bus rapid transit station on the MBTA Silver Line, located on Silver Line Way at Pumphouse Road between Massport Haul Road (Trilling Street) and D Street near the South Boston Waterfront. The station is a block south of the Boston Fish Pier; it also serves the Boston Renaissance Waterfront Hotel and the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion.

Changeover between diesel and overhead electric power takes place at the station, similar to Airport Station on the Blue Line. There is a small storage area for trolley buses. The station is the first station at the surface when going outbound from South Station; Courthouse and World Trade Center are both in the Waterfront Tunnel. Like all Silver Line stations, Silver Line Way is fully accessible for wheelchair users.


Inbound dual-mode buses in diesel mode (left) and electric mode at the power changeover point at Silver Line Way

The South Boston Transitway between South Station and Silver Line Way opened on December 17, 2004, and SL2 and SL3 service to the Waterfront and City Point areas began on December 31, 2004.[1] Silver Line Way served as the transfer point between these services and buses to Logan Airport beginning in January 2005 until SL1 through service began 5 months later on June 29. SL3 service ended in October 2009 due to low ridership, as the service was in direct competition to the more frequent route 7 bus.[1]

Present service consists of through trips on the SL1 route to Logan Airport and the SL2 route to Design Center (Waterfront), with some additional rush hour trips that short-turn at Silver Line Way.[1] A bus lane loops around the outbound side platform to allow the short turn buses to turn back to stop at the inbound platform and continue into the Transitway.


 Silver Line toward South Station (World Trade Center)
 Silver Line toward Logan Airport (SL1) (Terminus)
toward Design Center (SL2) (306 Northern Avenue)
 Silver Line Short turn buses only


  1. ^ a b c d Belcher, Jonathan (31 December 2011). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 

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