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Encyclopedia > Blue Line (MBTA)
MBTA Blue Line
A Blue Line train at the rebuilt Airport station
Info
Type Rapid transit
Locale Boston, Massachusetts
Terminals Bowdoin
Wonderland
No. of stations 12
Operation
Opened 1924 (streetcar)
1952 (rapid transit)
Owner MBTA
Operator(s) MBTA
Rolling stock #4 East Boston cars
Technical
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8½ in)
Line map
Blue Line
Wonderland
Revere Beach
Beachmont
Suffolk Downs
Orient Heights
Wood Island
Airport
Maverick
Aquarium
* State
Government Center
Bowdoin

*Wheelchair access on outbound
side only at State; exiting inbound
riders change direction at
Government Center
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Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [2] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter, symbol mm) is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... ‹ The template below (Unit of length) is being considered for deletion. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Wonderland is the northern terminus of the MBTAs Blue Line. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Revere Beach Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line, serving the town of Revere, Massachusetts. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Beachmont Station is on the part of the Blue Line that uses overhead catenary instead of third rail. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Suffolk Downs station is on the part of the Blue Line that uses overhead catenary instead of third rail. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Orient Heights station is on the part of the Blue Line in East Boston, MA that uses overhead catenary instead of third rail. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Wood Island is a grade-level, open-air rapid transit station as part of the MBTAs Blue Line. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Maverick is a subway station on the Blue Line rapid transit line at Maverick Square in East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is the easternmost underground station on the Blue Line, and a transfer point to various buses. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Aquarium/Financial District Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... State (often State Street) station of the MBTA is the transfer point between the Orange Line and the Blue Line. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Government Center Station of the MBTA, located at the intersection of Tremont, Court and Cambridge Streets in the Government Center neighborhood of Boston, is the main transfer point between the Green Line and the Blue Line. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Park Street (MBTA station) Kenmore (MBTA station) South Station (Boston) Airport (MBTA station) Alewife (MBTA station) Harvard (MBTA station) Porter (MBTA station) Davis (MBTA station) Central (MBTA station) Kendall/MIT (MBTA station) Charles/MGH (MBTA station) JFK/UMass (MBTA station) North... Bowdoin Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line, serving Bowdoin Square in Bostons Beacon Hill neighborhood. ...

The Blue Line is one of the four subway lines of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. It extends from Wonderland station in Revere, Massachusetts in the northeast to Bowdoin station near Beacon Hill in Boston in the southwest. It meets the Green Line at Government Center, connects with the Orange Line at State station, and provides service to Airport station with a free shuttle connection to the various airline terminals. The line is designated Blue because for much of its length it uses the old Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad right-of-way along the seacoast in Revere and East Boston, and the tunnel to East Boston runs under the Atlantic Ocean.[citation needed] Boston's Blue Line was the first subway in the world to run underneath a section of the ocean.[citation needed] A rapid transit, underground, subway, tube, elevated, or metro(politan) system is a railway—usually in an urban area—with a high capacity and frequency of service, and grade separation from other traffic. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [2] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... Wonderland is the northern terminus of the MBTAs Blue Line. ... Revere is a city located in Suffolk County, Massachusetts and borders Winthrop, East Boston and Chelsea to the south, Everett and Malden to the west, Saugus and Lynn to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. ... Bowdoin Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line, serving Bowdoin Square in Bostons Beacon Hill neighborhood. ... Cutting down Beacon Hill, about 1800; a view from the north toward the Massachusetts State House. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ... Two trains at Park Street. ... Government Center Station of the MBTA, located at the intersection of Tremont, Court and Cambridge Streets in the Government Center neighborhood of Boston, is the main transfer point between the Green Line and the Blue Line. ... Outbound Train at North Station The old Main Line Elevated and related lines The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... State (often State Street) station of the MBTA is the transfer point between the Orange Line and the Blue Line. ... The New Airport Station, January 2005 The new Airport Station on the Boston subways Blue Line provides a mass transit connection to Logan International Airport (BOS). ... For the Logan airport in Billings, Montana, see Billings Logan International Airport. ... 2-4-4 Mason Bogie locomotive #6 as built in 1886. ... East Boston was annexed by the City of Boston in 1636 and is separated from the rest of the city by Boston Harbor and bordered by Winthrop, Revere, and the Chelsea Creek. ...


Blue Line cars are unique among rapid transit vehicles in Boston in that they use both third rail and overhead pantograph current pickup. The line switches between the two at the Airport station where it transitions between running in a tunnel and running above ground. (The Silver Line waterfront switches between overhead and diesel power.) The overhead pantograph was implemented to avoid the third rail icing that frequently occurs in winter. Third rail at the West Falls Church Metro stop in Washington, D.C., electrified to 750 volts. ... A pantograph is a device that collects electric current from overhead lines for electric trains or trams. ... The New Airport Station, January 2005 The new Airport Station on the Boston subways Blue Line provides a mass transit connection to Logan International Airport (BOS). ... Map The Silver Line is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys (MBTAs) sole Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, running in two, unconnected sections, from Dudley Square in Roxbury to downtown Boston, Massachusetts and from South Station to several points in South Boston and to Logan Airport in East Boston. ...


These cars are also shorter than otherwise similar ones running on the Orange Line, as the Blue Line (known as the East Boston Tunnel before the MBTA was formed) was initially designed to carry streetcars. The subway portion of the line was retrofitted with raised station platforms and rapid transit cars in the 1920s, with the surface portion between East Boston and Revere (known pre-MBTA as the Revere Extension) added in the 1950s. This article is about light rail systems in general. ... A rapid transit, underground, subway, tube, elevated, or metro(politan) system is a railway—usually in an urban area—with a high capacity and frequency of service, and grade separation from other traffic. ... The 1920s is a decade that is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...


As of 2005, there is a proposal to extend the Blue Line northward to Lynn, Massachusetts. The land to extend the line was purchased during initial construction, but due to budgetary constraints Wonderland station was designated the northern terminus. Two potential extension routes have been identified. One proposed path would run through marshland alongside the existing Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line, on rail lines formerly operated by the Boston and Maine Railroad. An alternative route would extend the line alongside Revere Beach Boulevard through Point of Pines and the Lynnway, along the remainder of the BRB&L right of way.[1] Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Essex County Settled 1629 Incorporated 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor Chip Clancy Area  - City  13. ... The Newburyport/Rockport Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, running northeast from downtown Boston, Massachusetts through the towns of Chelsea, Lynn, Swampscott, Salem, Beverly, Hamilton, Ipswich, Rowley, Newburyport, Manchester, Gloucester, and Rockport. ... 1898 map The Boston and Maine Railroad (AAR reporting marks BM), also known by the abbreviation B&M, was the dominant railroad of the northern New England region of the United States for a century. ... in c. ... Massachusetts State Highway 1A consists of four alternate routes to U.S. Highway 1. ... 2-4-4 Mason Bogie locomotive #6 as built in 1886. ...


In addition, the MBTA has committed to designing an extension of the line's southern end west to Charles/MGH, where it would connect with the Red Line.[2] This was one of the mitigation measures the Commonwealth of Massachusetts agreed to as part of the Big Dig, originating from planning of the Boston Transportation Planning Review. Charles/MGH Station, December 2004 (this part of the station has been demolished) Charles/MGH Station is located at the intersection of Cambridge Street and Charles Street, in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Red Line train of #1 Red Line stock crossing the Charles River on the Longfellow Bridge, towards Boston View of Boston from the Red Line The Red Line is a rapid transit line operated by the MBTA running roughly north-south through Boston, Massachusetts into neighboring communities. ... State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney Official languages English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25. ... Metropolitan Highway System Big Dig is the unofficial name of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T), a megaproject which rerouted the Central Artery (Interstate 93), the chief controlled-access highway through the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, into a 3. ... The Big Digs Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge over the Charles River. ...


The Blue Line Modernization Project begun in the late 1990s includes renovating stations to increase the length of trains from four to six cars, make all stations wheelchair accessible, and improve cosmetic appearance. Bowdoin Station is likely to be closed due to the difficulty of accommodating 6-car trains inside the wedge-shaped track. Platform legnthening of Bowdoin is unlikely to occur. If platform length is increased to the west, expensive track re-organization must occur, and expanding to the east would make the station too close to Government Center Station. (Bowdoin is the western terminus, where inbound trains follow a tight loop to the outbound side.) Bowdoin Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line, serving Bowdoin Square in Bostons Beacon Hill neighborhood. ...

Contents

Station listing

Station Time to Government Center[3] Opened Transfers and notes
Wonderland 21 minutes January 19, 1954 former Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad station
Revere Beach 19 minutes January 19, 1954 former Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad station
Beachmont 17 minutes January 19, 1954 former Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad station
Suffolk Downs 15 minutes April 21, 1952 former Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad station
Orient Heights 13 minutes January 5, 1952 former Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad station
Wood Island 11 minutes January 5, 1952 Formerly Day Square, renamed Wood Island Park October 21, 1954, renamed Wood Island 1967
Airport 9 minutes June 3, 2004 Old station opened January 5, 1952 and closed June 2, 2004
Maverick 7 minutes April 18, 1924 Streetcar portal opened December 30, 1904
Aquarium 4 minutes April 5, 1906 Formerly Atlantic, renamed February 13, 1967
Had a transfer to the Atlantic Avenue Elevated
State
(outbound platform only)
2 minutes December 30, 1904 Orange Line
Formerly Devonshire, renamed January 25, 1967
Government Center 0 minutes March 18, 1916 Green Line
Formerly Scollay Square Under, renamed October 28, 1963
Court Street opened December 30, 1904 and closed March 17, 1916
Bowdoin 2 minutes March 18, 1916 Closed evenings and weekends

Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Wonderland is the northern terminus of the MBTAs Blue Line. ... January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2-4-4 Mason Bogie locomotive #6 as built in 1886. ... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Revere Beach Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line, serving the town of Revere, Massachusetts. ... January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2-4-4 Mason Bogie locomotive #6 as built in 1886. ... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Beachmont Station is on the part of the Blue Line that uses overhead catenary instead of third rail. ... January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2-4-4 Mason Bogie locomotive #6 as built in 1886. ... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Suffolk Downs station is on the part of the Blue Line that uses overhead catenary instead of third rail. ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2-4-4 Mason Bogie locomotive #6 as built in 1886. ... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Orient Heights station is on the part of the Blue Line in East Boston, MA that uses overhead catenary instead of third rail. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2-4-4 Mason Bogie locomotive #6 as built in 1886. ... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Wood Island is a grade-level, open-air rapid transit station as part of the MBTAs Blue Line. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Maverick is a subway station on the Blue Line rapid transit line at Maverick Square in East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is the easternmost underground station on the Blue Line, and a transfer point to various buses. ... is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Aquarium/Financial District Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... The Atlantic Avenue Elevated outside South Station Map of the Atlantic Avenue Elevated (at right) and related lines The Atlantic Avenue Elevated was an elevated railway around the east side of downtown Boston, Massachusetts, providing a second route for the Boston Elevated Railways Main Line (now the Orange Line... State (often State Street) station of the MBTA is the transfer point between the Orange Line and the Blue Line. ... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ... Outbound Train at North Station The old Main Line Elevated and related lines The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Government Center Station of the MBTA, located at the intersection of Tremont, Court and Cambridge Streets in the Government Center neighborhood of Boston, is the main transfer point between the Green Line and the Blue Line. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Two trains at Park Street. ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (see link for calendar). ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Bowdoin Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line, serving Bowdoin Square in Bostons Beacon Hill neighborhood. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ...

Accessibility

The Blue Line is accessible except for the most important stations: those downtown. Currently, the outbound Blue Line platform at State Street is wheelchair accessible to the street. Inbound wheelchair users can take the Blue Line to Government Center and cross the platform there to an outbound Blue Line train and take it to the accessible State Street platform. The MBTA has plans to make the remaining Blue Line stations accessible as part of a larger effort to permit 6 car trains on the line. See MBTA accessibility. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [2] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... As is true for most mass transit systems, much of the Boston subway and commuter rail lines were built before wheelchair access was a requirement. ...


Equipment

The Blue Line is standard gauge[4] heavy rail. Unlike the rest of the MBTA rapid transit system, equipment have a projected lifespan of 24 years as opposed to 35 because the line runs very close to ocean and runs next to a major airport, resulting in prolonged exposure to corrossive substances. Its current fleet is the 0600 series, built 1978-1980 by Hawker Siddeley Canada Car and Foundry (now Bombardier Transportation) of Fort William, Ontario, Canada. They are 48.5 feet (14.8 meters) long and 111 inches (2.8 meters) wide, with two pairs of doors on each side. They are based on the PA3 model used by PATH in New Jersey. There are 70 Hawker cars, numbered 0600-0669.Most cars are scheduled to be retired soon because of severe corrosion due to the nature of the line. However, 12 cars will be retained until 2012. As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... The term heavy rail is often used for regular railways, to distinguish from systems such as trams/light rail and metro. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Hawker-Ciggerley was a group of UK aircraft manufacturing companies formed as a result of the merger of Hawker Aircraft with Armstrong Siddeley. ... Bombardier Inc. ... Fort William was a city in Northern Ontario, located on the Kaministiquia River, at its entrance to Lake Superior. ... Hoboken- and Newark-bound platform at Exchange Place station in Jersey City. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ...


The MBTA has ordered 94 new cars (47 pairs) with stainless steel bodies from Siemens Transportation Systems with dimensions identical to cars of the current fleet. The cars are of a similar design to those built for the Tren Urbano system in San Juan, Puerto Rico, also designed by Siemens. Originally scheduled to be delivered beginning in January, 2004, the development of the trains has been beset with development problems. The contract price of the cars is $174 million, with a total cost to the MBTA (including engineering and other related services) of $200 million. As of August 6, 2007, 10 of the 94 new cars, 702-703,704-705, 706-707, 708-709, and 710-711, have arrived and are now being tested at Wellington Station on the Orange Line and Orient Heights carhouse. 4 cars(704-705 and 702-703) are being tested on the Orange Line, making use of the unused express track between Wellington and Sullivan. Each car must be tested and run for at least 500 miles before it is allowed to be in service. The first units should be in revenue service by December of 2007 or January of 2008. Cars will be delivered at a rate of 4 per month until summer 2008, when all 94 cars should be in service. The 630 foot high, stainless-clad (type 304L) Gateway Arch defines St. ... Siemens AG (ISIN: DE0007236101, FWB: SIE, NYSE: SI) is one of the worlds largest companies and Europes largest engineering firm. ... San Juans Tren Urbano – Phase I Service Route and Stations. ... Nickname: Location of San Juan within the island of Puerto Rico Coordinates: Country United States Territory Puerto Rico Founded 1508/1521 Area  - City 76. ...


Trivia

The 1998 romantic comedy Next Stop Wonderland features some scenes from the Blue Line. Next Stop Wonderland is a 1998 romantic comedy film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Anderson and Lyn Vaus. ...

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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Red Line AlewifeAshmont / Braintree ––– Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line: AshmontMattapan
Green Line LechmereBoston College ("B") / Cleveland Circle ("C") / Riverside ("D") / Arborway (Heath Street) ("E") ––– Watertown ("A")
Orange Line Oak GroveForest Hills ––– Charlestown ElevatedAtlantic Avenue ElevatedWashington Street Elevated
Blue Line WonderlandBowdoin
Silver Line Dudley SquareDowntown Crossing; South Station – various points
Buses List - Crosstown Buses - Former Streetcars - Trackless Trolleys - Key Routes - East Boston Area - South Boston
Commuter Rail GreenbushOld Colony Lines (MBTA) FairmountProvidence/Stoughton LineFranklinNeedhamFramingham/WorcesterFitchburgLowellHaverhill/ReadingNewburyport/Rockport - North-South Rail Link
Miscellaneous AccessibilityBoat serviceCharlieCardNomenclature - List of subway stations
Predecessors Boston Elevated RailwayEastern Massachusetts Street RailwayMiddlesex and Boston Street Railway

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [2] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... Red Line train of #1 Red Line stock crossing the Charles River on the Longfellow Bridge, towards Boston View of Boston from the Red Line The Red Line is a rapid transit line operated by the MBTA running roughly north-south through Boston, Massachusetts into neighboring communities. ... T sign and top of glass pyramid from roof-level parking deck of Alewife Station, September 2004 Alewife Station, located at the intersection of Alewife Brook Parkway and Cambridgepark Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a local intermodal transportation hub. ... Original configuration, with streetcar loop (later bus loop) and 1929-added busway Ashmont is a station on the rapid transit Red Line in Ashmont, Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It opened on September 1, 1928, and is the terminal for the Red Lines Dorchester Branch. ... Braintree Station, located at Ivory and Union Streets in Braintree, Massachusetts , is the southernmost station on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys Red Line. ... The Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line (or Mattapan-Ashmont Line, or just the M Line) is considered part of the MBTAs Red Line, even though it uses different equipment (trolleys) and passengers have to change at Ashmont. ... Original configuration, with streetcar loop (later bus loop) and 1929-added busway Ashmont is a station on the rapid transit Red Line in Ashmont, Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It opened on September 1, 1928, and is the terminal for the Red Lines Dorchester Branch. ... Mattapan is the southern terminal of the Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Two trains at Park Street. ... The Lechmere stop is the north-eastern terminus of the MBTA Green Line. ... Image:Tstation. ... Unlike the Red Line, Blue Line and Orange Line, all of which run urban heavy rail cars and use stations with elevated platforms (so that the car is level with the platform and thus the cars are easily handicap-accessible), the Green Line is a trolley/streetcar line and has... The Reservoir station on the D branch of the Green Line. ... Unlike the Red Line, Blue Line and Orange Line, all of which run urban heavy rail cars and use stations with elevated platforms (so that the car is level with the platform and thus the cars are easily handicap-accessible), the Green Line is a trolley/streetcar line and has... The Riverside stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line D branch. ... The D Branch, also called the Highland Branch or Riverside Branch, is a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, along which light rail vehicles run. ... The Heath Street stop along South Huntington Avenue is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line E branch. ... The E Branch or Arborway Branch is a streetcar line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, operating as a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line. ... Watertown Square in Watertown, Massachusetts is the termination point of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys route 71 trackless trolley and several bus routes, including (as of 2005) the 52, 57, 59, 502 and 504. ... The A Branch or Watertown Branch was a streetcar line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, operating as a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line. ... Outbound Train at North Station The old Main Line Elevated and related lines The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... Oak Grove Station is an MBTA station on the Orange Line, located in the northern part of Malden, Massachusetts near the intersection of Winter Street and Main Street. ... Forest Hills Station is a station on the MBTA Orange Line, located in the southern part of Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts between the intersection of Washington Street and Hyde Park Avenue and the intersection of Center Street and South Street. ... The Charlestown Elevated was a former link of Bostons Orange Line rapid transit line that ran from a portal at North Station, near the old Boston Garden, to the city of Everett, Massachusetts. ... The Atlantic Avenue Elevated outside South Station Map of the Atlantic Avenue Elevated (at right) and related lines The Atlantic Avenue Elevated was an elevated railway around the east side of downtown Boston, Massachusetts, providing a second route for the Boston Elevated Railways Main Line (now the Orange Line... The Washington Street Elevated was an elevated segment of Bostons Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway system, comprising the southern stretch of the Orange Line (named after the original name for a section of Washington St, Orange St. ... Wonderland is the northern terminus of the MBTAs Blue Line. ... Bowdoin Station of the MBTA, is a station on the Blue Line, serving Bowdoin Square in Bostons Beacon Hill neighborhood. ... Map The Silver Line is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys (MBTAs) sole Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, running in two, unconnected sections, from Dudley Square in Roxbury to downtown Boston, Massachusetts and from South Station to several points in South Boston and to Logan Airport in East Boston. ... Looking north at the northbound platforms, with the streetcar loops on each side Dudley Square (originally Dudley Street or Dudley) is a ground-level bus depot in Dudley Square, Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, served by local buses of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and their Silver Line bus rapid transit... Downtown Crossing Station of the MBTA, located at the corner of Washington Street and Summer Street and the corner of Chauncey Street and Summer Street in Boston, is the main transfer point between the Orange Line and the Red Line. ... South Station front entrance. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates a large number of bus lines in the greater Boston area. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus division operates the following bus routes, in the U.S., many of which are descendants of streetcar routes of the Boston Elevated Railway or a suburban company. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates three crosstown bus routes in the Boston, Massachusetts area, CT1, CT2 and CT3, intended as limited-stop buses connecting major points. ... Lines remaining in 1940 As in many large cities, a large number of streetcar lines once existed in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and its inner suburbs. ... Old and new trackless trolleys at Cambridge Common There are currently four trackless trolley (trolleybus) routes in the Boston, Massachusetts area, all run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in the Harvard Square area, and all former streetcar lines (the last four not connected to the Tremont Street Subway... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates local buses in East Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, connecting to the Blue Line at Maverick or Wood Island. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates a number of buses in South Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, most of them connecting to the Red Line at Andrew, Broadway or South Station. ... The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... The Greenbush Line is a planned branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system. ... The Old Colony Lines are branches of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, connecting downtown Boston, Massachusetts with the South Shore and cranberry-farming country to the south and southeast. ... The Fairmount Line or Dorchester Branch is a line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Except for a short portion in Milton, it lies entirely within Boston, passing through the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Hyde Park. ... The Providence/Stoughton Line is a line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system running southwest from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The main line was originally built by the Boston and Providence Rail Road, and now carries service between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. ... The MBTA Commuter Rail or purple line as it is also know as, has many snaking tendrils. ... The Needham Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, running west from downtown Boston, Massachusetts through the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, and the town of Needham. ... The Boston and Albany Railroad (AAR reporting mark BA) was a railroad connecting Boston, Massachusetts to Albany, New York, later becoming part of the New York Central Railroad system. ... The Fitchburg Railroad (AAR reporting mark FBRG) was a railroad across northern Massachusetts, USA, leading to and through the Hoosac Tunnel. ... The Lowell Line is a railroad line of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, running north from Boston to Lowell, Massachusetts. ... The Haverhill/Reading Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, running north from downtown Boston, Massachusetts through the towns of Malden, Melrose, Wakefield, Reading, Wilmington, Andover, Lawrence, Bradford, and Haverhill. ... The Newburyport/Rockport Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, running northeast from downtown Boston, Massachusetts through the towns of Chelsea, Lynn, Swampscott, Salem, Beverly, Hamilton, Ipswich, Rowley, Newburyport, Manchester, Gloucester, and Rockport. ... The North-South Rail Link is a plan for a passenger railroad tunnel in Boston, Massachusetts to connect South Station to North Station. ... As is true for most mass transit systems, much of the Boston subway and commuter rail lines were built before wheelchair access was a requirement. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates commuter boats in the between Long Wharf, Lovejoy Wharf and Rowes Wharf on the downtown Boston waterfront to Hingham, Hull, Quincy and Logan International Airport as well as inner habor ferries between downtown Boston, Charlestown Navy Yard, and South Boston. ... The more permanent CharlieCard, which was distributed by Customer Service Agents starting December 4, 2006. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) maintains a large public transit system in the Boston, Massachusetts area, and uses various methods to name and number their services for the convenience of users. ... This is a list of stations on the MBTA subway in Boston. ... By 1925, streetcars were gone from most downtown streets. ... The Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway (Eastern Mass) was a streetcar and later bus company in eastern Massachusetts, serving most suburbs of Boston. ... The Middlesex and Boston Street Railway (M&B) was a streetcar and later bus company in the area west of Boston, Massachusetts. ... The term heavy rail is often used for regular railways, to distinguish from systems such as trams/light rail and metro. ... A rapid transit, underground, subway, tube, elevated, or metro(politan) system is a railway—usually in an urban area—with a high capacity and frequency of service, and grade separation from other traffic. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [2] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... Outbound Train at North Station The old Main Line Elevated and related lines The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... Red Line train of #1 Red Line stock crossing the Charles River on the Longfellow Bridge, towards Boston View of Boston from the Red Line The Red Line is a rapid transit line operated by the MBTA running roughly north-south through Boston, Massachusetts into neighboring communities. ... The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is a public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the State of New York. ... Times Square–42nd Street station entrance The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority, an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as MTA New York City Transit. ... The Staten Island Railway (aka SIR, and formerly known as SIRT) is a rapid transit line operating in the Borough of Staten Island, New York City, USA. It is considered a standard railroad line, but is currently disconnected from the national railway system and operates with modified R44 New York... Hoboken- and Newark-bound platform at Exchange Place station in Jersey City. ... SEPTA redirects here. ... Market-Frankford Line Map ©SEPTA 2004 The Market-Frankford Line (MFL) (also called the Market-Frankford Subway-Elevated Line (MFSE), El or Blue Line) is a transit line in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, run by SEPTA. It begins at 69th Street Terminal just west of the city line in Upper Darby and... The Broad Street Line (BSL) (also known as the Broad Street Subway (BSS) or Orange Line) is a rapid transit line operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority that runs from Fern Rock Transportation Center in northern Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia, adjacent to several stadiums. ... Port Authority Transit Corporation operates the PATCO Speedline between Philadelphia, PA and Camden County, NJ in the United States. ... The Metro Subway[1] is a single-line rapid transit system serving the greater Baltimore, Maryland, United States area and operated by the Maryland Transit Administration. ... The Jackson Graham Building, where Metro headquarters is located. ... Washington Metro redirects here. ... MARTA rail car at North Avenue station The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, more commonly called MARTA, is the principal rapid-transit system in the Atlanta metropolitan area, and the ninth largest in the United States. ... Northbound train at Government Center changeover station, circa 1999. ... San Juans Tren Urbano – Phase I Service Route and Stations. ... RTA Rapid Transit (generally known as The Rapid) is a rapid transit and light rail system in Cleveland, Ohio, owned by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (known as RTA). The system is made of three lines - the Red Line (heavy rail) and Blue and Green Lines (light rail). ... The Red Line (Route 66X) is a rapid transit line of the RTA Rapid Transit in Cleveland, Ohio, running from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport northeast to Tower City in downtown Cleveland, then east and northeast to Windermere. ... The L[1], variously, if perhaps incorrectly, styled L, El, EL, or L, is the rapid transit system that serves Chicago, Illinois in the United States. ... A westbound BART train with aerodynamic design A car in downtown San Francisco. ... The Los Angeles County Metro Rail is the mass transit rail system of Los Angeles County. ... Diagram of the Metro Purple Line. ... Diagram of the Metro Red Line. ...

External links

  • MBTA - Blue Line (official site)
  • Blue Line at world.nycsubway.org
  • Blue Line car specifications from Siemens
  • History of Revere, including the Narrow Gauge predecessor of the Blue Line
  • Blue Line Video actual video from a station and using the line

References

  1. ^ Plan for Mass Transit evaluation of extension including map at p.5C-4 (linked file is about 6MB).
  2. ^ Article regarding mitigation commitment.
  3. ^ Association for Public Transportation, Car-Free in Boston, A Guide for Locals & Visitors, 10th ed. (2003), p.117.
  4. ^ http://world.nycsubway.org/us/boston/blue.html

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MBTA > Riding the T > Getting to Logan (424 words)
Take the MBTA Blue Line to and from the newly renovated Airport Station and board free Massport shuttle buses to all airline terminals.
Take the Blue Line to Airport Station and the Massport shuttle bus to the terminals—other options include Routes 448 and 449 from Marblehead or Route 459 from Salem all of which serve Logan Airport Terminal C. From the North:
Take the Green Line to Government Center and transfer to the Blue Line then take the Blue Line to Airport Station and the Massport shuttle bus to the terminals—or —take Commuter Rail to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line (SL1) which serves all airport terminals.
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