MBTA opens consolidated stations on Green Line B Branch
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has opened two new stations on the B Branch of its Green Light Rail Line, marking completion of its $29 million B Branch Station Consolidation Project. Riders on the agency’s Green Line can now board trains via new accessible platforms compatible with low-floor vehicles and improved stations. The project was completed ahead of schedule by several weeks, with crews working 24/7 for seven weeks. In addition to the station, work crews were able to upgrade two intersections and renew 5,000 feet of track.
The newly opened stations combined the old St. Paul Street and BU West Stations into one station — Amory Street Station — and the old Babcock Street and Pleasant Street Stations into one station — also called Babcock Street Station. With the completion of the project, four inaccessible stops have been consolidated into two accessible stations for riders of all abilities.
During construction, MBTA implemented strategies to minimize noise disruptions to the nearby Boston University neighborhood. A 24/7 noise hotline was also available to report noise issues. MBTA provided alternative service during nights and weekends from February to November 2021 and paused construction for major campus events and all Boston University Commencements.
The new stations include longer, low-level platforms in both directions. These new platforms are 225 feet long, which enables them to fit a two-car train of the newly designed Type 10 “supercars” currently on procurement. MBTA expects to award a Notice to Proceed for construction of the new Type 10 cars next year with the first pilot car anticipated to be in Boston by 2026. The new stations also feature 150-foot-long canopies at each new platform, accessible walkways, new communications and security systems, safety barriers to protect riders on platforms from traffic, lighting, signage, new benches, and additional station elements.
The B Branch, also called the Commonwealth Avenue Branch or Boston College Branch, operates on Commonwealth Avenue west of downtown Boston and is one of four branches of the Green Line.