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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. Since 1969, it has been replaced by the 57 bus, though the tracks were in place until March 1994. a historic postcard showing electric trolley-powered streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, where Frank J. Sprague successfully demonstrated his new system on the hills in 1888 A streetcar is a railway vehicle designed to carry passengers on tracks, usually laid in city streets. ... City nickname: Beantown, The Hub, The Athens of America Location in the state of Massachusetts Founded September 17, 1630 County Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 232. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls the subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts area. ... The Green Line is one of the four MBTA subway lines in the Boston, Massachusetts metro area. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... For alternative meanings, see March (disambiguation). ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


History

The line started as a horse car street railway, as a branch of the Cambridge Horse Railroad. The branch split at Central Square, Cambridge, and crossed the Charles River on the River Street Bridge into Allston. It continued on through Union Square, and by 1888 ended in Oak Square. The part east of Union Square later became part of the 64 bus. a historic postcard showing electric trolley-powered streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, where Frank J. Sprague successfully demonstrated his new system on the hills in 1888 A streetcar is a railway vehicle designed to carry passengers on tracks, usually laid in city streets. ... Charles River in Cambridge The Charles River is a Massachusetts river that separates Boston from Cambridge and Charlestown. ... 1888 is a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ...


The first electric trolleys in Boston ran between Union Square and Park Square downtown, on tracks turning south on Harvard Street, east on Beacon Street, south on Massachusetts Avenue and east on Boylston Street. These first ran on January 1, 1889, on tracks that had been built for horse cars. A modern tram in the Töölö district of Helsinki, Finland A tram (or tramway, trolley, streetcar, tramcar, Straßenbahn) is a railborne vehicle (lighter than a train) for transport of passengers (or, occasionally, freight). ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1889 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ...


On June 13, 1896, tracks opened from Union Square east along North Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue to Kenmore Square, merging with the existing tracks on Beacon Street. By that time, the western terminal had been extended to just shy of Newton Corner, with Newton Corner service May 21, 1898. On December 9, 1912, the route was extended north to Watertown on tracks that had been used by routes from Cambridge to Newton Corner. June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... 1896 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... 1898 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1912 is a leap year starting on Monday. ... Watertown is a city located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. ...


Cars on the line began using the Tremont Street Subway to turn around at Park Street November 8, 1897, via the Boylston Street Incline at the Public Garden. The Boylston Street Subway was opened to the Kenmore Square Incline on October 3, 1914, and the jog on Massachusetts Avenue was eliminated. The Blandford Street Portal, on Commonwealth Avenue west of Kenmore, opened October 23, 1932, marking the last change in the route of the service. Park Street Station, Green Line platforms, December 2004 Park Street Station, Red Line platforms, January 2005 Park Street Station of the MBTA, located at the intersection Park Street and Tremont Street in Boston, is the main transfer point between the Green Line and the Red Line. ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... 1897 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in Leap years). ... 1914 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Kenmore Station is a subway stop on Bostons MBTA, located in Kenmore Square. ... October 23 is the 296th day of the year (297th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 69 days remaining. ... 1932 is a leap year starting on a Friday. ...


Prior to 1967, when the current letters were assigned to the Green Line's branches, the Watertown Line was the 69 Watertown-Park Street route. The 57, the line's current number, was actually assigned to Heath Street short-turn trips on the "E" Branch. The line was assigned the letter "A" because it was the northernmost branch. Turnback loops existed at Union Square and Oak Square, as well as the Watertown terminal. Additionally, from 1915 to January 15, 1962, a loop existed at Boston University for special events, along the part of the line concurrent with the "B" Branch. 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The Green Line is one of the four MBTA subway lines in the Boston, Massachusetts metro area. ... The Heath Street stop along South Hutington Avenue is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line E branch. ... 1915 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Boston University is a non-sectarian private university located in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Streetcars last ran on June 20, 1969, with the 57 Watertown-Kenmore via Newton and Brighton bus route beginning the next day. As free transfers were eliminated in October 1961, Watertown riders now had to pay a double fare to continue downtown. However, large portions of the line are served by the 501, 502, 503 and 504 express routes to downtown via the Mass Pike. June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... In football (soccer), a free transfer involves a team releasing a player once their contract has expired. ... October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1961 (As MAD Magazine pointed out on its first cover for the year) was the first upside-down year—i. ... Massachusetts Turnpike logo. ...


The tracks were finally paved over in March 1994, after being used for a while for access to the Watertown Carhouse. For alternative meanings, see March (disambiguation). ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...

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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (official site (http://www.mbta.com/))
Red Line Alewife - Ashmont / Braintree ---- Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line: Ashmont - Mattapan
Green Line Lechmere - Boston College ("B") / Cleveland Circle ("C") / Riverside ("D") / Heath Street ("E") ---- Watertown ("A")
Orange Line Oak Grove - Forest Hills ---- Charlestown Elevated - Atlantic Avenue Elevated - Washington Street Elevated
Blue Line Wonderland - Bowdoin
Buses Silver Line: Dudley - Downtown Crossing; South Station - various points ---- List - Crosstown buses - Former streetcars - Trackless trolleys - Key routes - East Boston area - South Boston - Urban Ring
Commuter Rail Greenbush - Plymouth/Kingston - Middleborough/Lakeville - Fairmount - Attleborough/Stoughton - Franklin - Needham - Framingham/Worcester - Fitchburg - Lowell - Haverhill/Reading - Newburyport/Rockport
Miscellaneous Accessibility - Boat service
Predecessors Boston Elevated Railway - Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway - Middlesex and Boston Street Railway

This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls the subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts area. ... View of Boston from the Red Line The Red Line is the newest of the four MBTA subway lines in the Boston, Massachusetts metro area. ... T sign and top of glass pyramid from roof-level parking deck of Alewife Station, September 2004 Alewife Station, located at the intersection of Fresh Pond Parkway and Rindge Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a local 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. ... 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 Station. ... 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. ... The Green Line is one of the four MBTA subway lines in the Boston, Massachusetts metro area. ... The Lechmere stop is the north-eastern terminus of the MBTA Green Line. ... The Boston College stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line B branch. ... The Cleveland Circle stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line C branch. ... The Riverside stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line D branch. ... The Heath Street stop along South Hutington Avenue is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line E branch. ... The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the MBTA. It extends from Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain, Boston in the south to Oak Grove in Malden, Massachusetts in the north. ... 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 an MBTA station on the 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 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... A Blue Line train at the newly-renovated Logan Airport station. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates a large number of bus lines in the greater Boston area. ... The Silver Line is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys (MBTAs) sole Bus Rapid Transit Line, running from Dudley Square in Roxbury, Massachusetts to downtown Boston, Massachusetts, with planned extensions to South Boston and Logan Airport in East Boston. ... Former elevated configuration (Orange Line in red, streetcar loops in blue) Looking north at the northbound platforms, with the streetcar loops on each side 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... 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 bus division operates the following bus routes, 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. ... Two 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 survive). ... In early 2005 the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority considered adding 15 key bus routes to its subway maps. ... MBTA Commuter Rail Lines The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... The Lowell Line running from Boston, Massachusetts to Lowell, Massachusetts, originally the Boston and Lowell Railroad, is the oldest continually operated passenger train line in the western hemisphere. ... Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority accessibility 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. ... 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. ...

External links

  • MBTA - Route 57 Watertown Yard - Kenmore Sta. via Newton Corner & Brighton Center (http://www.mbta.com/traveling_t/schedules_buses_findbus.asp?routenumber=57&imageField2.x=92&imageField2.y=5)

References

  • Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district (http://members.aol.com/eddanamta/busfiles/contents.pdf) (PDF)
  • NETransit - The Watertown Line (http://web.archive.org/web/20020203204656/http://members.aol.com/netransit5/watertown/watertown.html)

 
 

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