Washington Street (MBTA station)

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This article is about the Green Line "B" Branch station. For other uses, see Washington (MBTA station).
Washington Street station facing inbound, August 2016.JPG
Facing inbound at Washington Street station in 2016
Location Commonwealth Avenue and Washington Street
Brighton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°20′38″N 71°08′33″W / 42.343886°N 71.142593°W / 42.343886; -71.142593Coordinates: 42°20′38″N 71°08′33″W / 42.343886°N 71.142593°W / 42.343886; -71.142593
Owned by MBTA
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Bus transport MBTA Bus: 65
Disabled access Yes
Rebuilt November 2001 - March 2002
Passengers (2011) 1,885 (weekday average boardings)[1]
Preceding station   MBTA.svg MBTA   Following station
Green Line
toward Park Street

Washington Street is a surface stop on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)'s Green Line "B" Branch, located in Brighton, Boston. The station is located in the median of Commonwealth Avenue northeast of Washington Street. Washington Street station consists of two side platforms, which serve the "B" Branch's two tracks. The station is fully handicapped accessible.


The pocket track at Washington Street around the time of its completion

From October 27, 1926 to January 23, 1953, a passing siding was in place just east of Washington Street. It was occasionally used to short turn trains.[2]

Washington Street is the fifth-busiest "B" Branch surface station (after Harvard Avenue, Packards Corner, Boston University Central, and Warren Street), and has a circumferential bus connection, making it an important transfer point and a priority to retrofit for handicapped accessibility. The station was rebuilt with slightly raised platforms in 2001-02 to allow level boarding onto the new Type 8 trams. Construction began in November 2001, with completion of the project in October 2002.[3][4] Delays in construction caused cascading delays to similar renovations at Boston University East and Boston University Central.[5] During construction, temporary platforms south of Washington Street were used.

Harvard Avenue is one of only five surface stations on the branch that is handicapped accessible, along with Boston University East, Boston University Central, Harvard Avenue, and the branch terminus at Boston College.[1]

Station layout[edit]

Street/Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Outbound "B" Branch toward Boston College (Sutherland Street)
Inbound "B" Branch toward Park Street (Warren Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Bus connections[edit]

Washington Street also serves one MBTA Bus route:[6]


  1. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014. 
  2. ^ Clarke, Bradley H.; Cummings, O.R. (1997). Tremont Street Subway: A Century of Public Service. Boston Street Railway Association. p. 59. ISBN 0938315048. 
  3. ^ "MBTA Continues Accessibility Program On The B Branch of the Green Line". MBTA Press Releases (Press release). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. October 30, 2001. Archived from the original on October 30, 2001. 
  4. ^ Palatucci, Roseanne (February 18, 2003). "MBTA Construction Affects Students". The Heights. Vol. 84 no. 6. p. A3. 
  5. ^ "BU East, Central T Stop Construction Begins Monday". Daily Free Press. March 15, 2002. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Washington Street Station Neighborhood Map" (PDF). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. August 2012. 

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