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The Greenbush Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system. The MBTA is restoring commuter rail to a branch of the Old Colony Line whose last passenger trains ran in 1959. The re-built line was completed on February 6, 2007.[1] The first test train ran on May 19, 2007.[2] The 18-mile line restores service along the New Haven Railroad's Greenbush Branch, from downtown Boston, Massachusetts through the towns of Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, Cohasset, and Scituate on the South Shore of the Greater Boston area. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... 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 MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (AAR reporting mark: NH) was a railroad that operated in the northeast United States. ... 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. ... For geographic and demographic information on the census-designated place Braintree, please see the article Braintree (CDP), Massachusetts. ... Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Norfolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated 1635 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor David M. Madden (D) Area  - City  21. ... Hingham is a town in Plymouth County on the South Shore of Massachusetts. ... Cohasset is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, though it is not contiguous with the main body of the county. ... Scituate, Massachusetts is a small seacoast town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod Bay midway between Boston and Plymouth. ... The South Shore of Massachusetts is a geographic region stretching south and east from Boston along the shore of Massachusetts Bay toward Cape Cod. ... Greater Boston is the area of the U.S. state of Massachusetts closely surrounding the city of Boston. ...


Construction of the line began in 2003, and it is scheduled to open for service in September 2007. The extension of MBTA rail service along this branch is intended to ameliorate the increasing levels of automobile and public transportation (boat and subway) congestion that have affected south shore commuters in recent years along the Southeast Expressway, Route 3 and Route 3A. 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. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 93 Interstate 93 (abbreviated I-93) is an interstate highway in the New England section of the United States. ... Massachusetts Route 3 is a southward continuation of U.S. Highway 3, connecting Boston, Massachusetts with Cape Cod. ... Massachusetts Route 3A refers to a pair of north-south highways in eastern Massachusetts, running through old sections of MA Route 3 south of Boston and US Route 3 north of Boston. ...


The project has not been free of controversy; residents of some communities initially opposed it on the grounds that it would increase noise levels and aesthetically mar the neighborhoods through which the new rail service was to run. As a result of these complaints, the MBTA worked to first re-establish commuter rail on the other two Old Colony Branches. Service was restored to them in 1997. The MBTA then worked with the towns along the Greenbush route to enact several measures to reduce the environmental impact of the restore train service. These included constructing a $40 million, 800 foot long 'tunnel' under downtown Hingham, another underpass at Weymouth Landing, and the soundproofing of homes and businesses located near the railroad tracks.


The station stops along the Greenbush Line (following South Station are: JFK/UMass, Quincy Center, Weymouth Landing, East Weymouth, West Hingham, Nantasket Junction, Cohasset, North Scituate and Greenbush. South Station front entrance. ... JFK/UMass Station is located at the intersection of Columbia Road and Morrissey Boulevard, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. ... Quincy Center is a station on the Red Line subway at 1300 Hancock Street and Washington Street in Quincy, Massachusetts. ...


History of the Greenbush Line

Before passenger train service stopped in 1959, commuter trains had been using parts of the Greenbush line for over 100 years. Train service was first started by the South Shore Railroad which built tracks from Braintree to Cohasset in 1849 on which trains ran operated by the Old Colony Railroad. In 1867 expansion of the line south of Cohasset was started eventually extending to Kingston in 1874. In March 1893 most of the lines of the Old Colony Railroad, including Greenbush, were taken over by the New Haven & Hartford Railroad. Under the control of New Haven & Hartford the rail lines set all-time records for number of passengers. The popularity of the train was short-lived, however. Cutbacks in service due to World War I were not restored afterwards due to the increasing popularity of the automobile. The New Haven railroad went bankrupt in 1935 and kept only a few passenger trains running due to a court order. Service south of Greenbush was discontinued in 1939. While the number of daily trips was increased after World War 2, and modern diesel trains were introduced in the 1950s, the New Haven Railroad continued to lose money on the service and announced all trains would cease running in 1958. Only an emergency subsidy by the state kept trains running until June 30, 1959 when the Southeast Expressway opened and all passenger train service ended. Freight trains continued to use the line as far south as the Hingham Lumber Yard located where the new Nantasket Junction station is being built until 1979. All service was terminated in 1983. It was about this time when the first talk of restoring passenger service began. [3]   Settled: 1620 â€“ Incorporated: 1726 Zip Code(s): 02364 â€“ Area Code(s): 339 / 781 Official website: http://www. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


References

  1. ^ Daniel, Mac; Globe Staff (2007-02-06). Greenbush line marks a milestone. The Boston Globe.
  2. ^ Meyer, Carol Britton (2007-05-24). Greenbush back on track. The Hingham Journal.
  3. ^ Humphrey, Thomas J. (2003-12-31). History of the Greenbush Rail Line. WATD 95.9 FM.

External links

  • MBTA.com: Greenbush line
  • http://www.cbbgreenbush.com/
  • CBBGreenbush.com: Greenbush Route Map
  • "History of Greenbush Rail Line" by Thomas J. Humphrey
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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

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