Stony Brook station (MBTA)

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Stony Brook
Stony Brook MBTA station, July 2016.jpg
Stony Brook station headhouse in July 2016
Location100 Boylston Street at 180 Lamartine Street
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°19′02″N 71°06′15″W / 42.3172°N 71.1043°W / 42.3172; -71.1043Coordinates: 42°19′02″N 71°06′15″W / 42.3172°N 71.1043°W / 42.3172; -71.1043
Owned byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Bicycle facilities12 spaces
Disabled accessYes
OpenedMay 4, 1987[1]
Passengers (2013)3,652 (weekday average boardings)[2]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
toward Forest Hills
Orange Line
toward Oak Grove

Stony Brook is a rapid transit station in Boston, Massachusetts. It serves the MBTA Orange Line, and is located below grade at Boylston Street in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. The station opened on May 4, 1987 as part of the Southwest Corridor project, replacing an earlier station that was open from 1897 to 1940. After nearby Green Street station, it is the second-least-busy station on the Orange Line, with 3,652 daily boardings by a 2013 count.[2]


Boylston station around 1910
An Orange Line train at Stony Brook in 2016

Starting in 1891, the Old Colony Railroad (acquired in 1893 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad) raised the section of its main line through Jamaica Plain (extending from Massachusetts Avenue to the current location of Forest Hills station) onto a 4-track stone embankment to eliminate dangerous grade crossings. The project involved the replacement of the three NYNH&H stations in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain (at Roxbury Crossing, Jamaica Plain, and Forest Hills) with elevated stations, and the construction of two new stations at Heath Street and Boylston Street. Boylston Street station opened on June 1, 1897, along with the other four new and rebuilt stations.[3][4]

On November 22, 1909, the Washington Street Elevated was extended south from Dudley Street Terminal to Forest Hills.[1] Although the five NYNH&H stations in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain continued to operate for over three decades following the southward extension of the Washington Street Elevated, they were ultimately unable to compete with the Elevated, and all, including Boylston Street, were closed on September 29, 1940 due to a lack of passengers.[3][4]

In the 1960s, plans took hold to extend I-95 into downtown Boston along the NYNH&H's right-of-way and to replace the Washington Street Elevated (after 1967 known as the Orange Line) with a rapid transit line running in the new highway's median. Although the project was halted by highway revolts in 1969 and the February 11, 1970 announcement by Governor Francis W. Sargent of a moratorium on new highway construction within the Route 128 corridor, and eventually cancelled by Governor Sargent in 1972, the right-of-way had already been cleared. This empty strip of land (known as the Southwest Corridor) was eventually developed into the Southwest Corridor Park, and the Orange Line was moved to a new alignment along the Corridor in 1987 despite the cancellation of the project originally calling for its relocation. This included a new rapid transit station at Boylston Street, on the site of the former NYNH&H station, named Stony Brook after the former watercourse of the same name. The Washington Street Elevated was permanently closed on April 30, 1987, and the new southern half of the Orange Line, including Stony Brook, opened on May 4.[3][1]

Since the route 48 bus was discontinued on July 1, 2012, Stony Brook has no bus connections.[1] Jackson Square, the next stop to the north, is a major bus transfer station.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Exit/Entrance
Southbound Orange Line toward Forest Hills (Green Street)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Orange Line toward Oak Grove (Jackson Square)


  1. ^ a b c d Belcher, Jonathan (March 19, 2016). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district 1964-2016" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14 ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Heath, Richard (January 25, 2013). "A HISTORY OF FOREST HILLS" (PDF). Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Rocheleau, Matt (November 26, 2012). "Raising the railroad in Forest Hills". Boston Globe. Retrieved February 12, 2016.

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