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. It meets the Red Line at Downtown Crossing, the Blue Line at State Street, and the Green Line at Haymarket and North Station. It connects with Amtrak and Commuter Rail service at Back Bay and North Station.
The Orange Line is named for Orange Street, an old name for the section of Washington Street immediately south of downtown. The name derives from the time when the Orange Line was known as the Washington Street Elevated. The Orange Line still runs underneath the Orange Street section of Washington Street, from State Street to New England Medical Center. In April 1987, the Washington Street El south of the Essex (Chinatown) station was closed. The line was rerouted into a modern subway running along the Amtrak right-of-way (the Northeast Corridor) from Back Bay to Forest Hills.
The old Orange Line El was the train seen in the opening sequence of the television program St. Elsewhere.
Sullivan Square, Charlestown
Community College, Charlestown
North Station, with direct connections to MBTA commuter rail. North Station is located directly beneath the FleetCenter.
State Street, located directly beneath Boston's historic Old State House.
Downtown Crossing, located next to the famous Filene's Basement.
The Orange Line's current fleet is the 01200 series, built 1980-1981 by Hawker Siddeley of Canada in Ontario. They are 65' long, with three pairs of doors on each side. These cars are similar to the PATH cars in New Jersey. There are 120 cars, numbered 01200-01319.
The majority of the stations on the Orange Line are accessible. The only exceptions are Malden Center (although an ongoing reconstruction is slated to fix this) and Community College.
The Harvard routes were replaced with trackless trolleys in 1958, and are the only surviving MBTA trackless trolley routes not counting the new phase 2 Silver Line and a short non-revenue connection from the terminus of the 71 to the Watertown Carhouse.
The Charlestown Elevated, part of the OrangeLine north of downtown Boston, was replaced by the Haymarket North Extension in 1975, and the Washington Street Elevated lasted until 1987, when the Southwest Corridor was opened to replace it.
Though the MBTA had agreed to extend the Green Line through the two cities, there had been no progress on the extension since the deal was made in 1990.
The OrangeLine is a rapid transit line that runs north from Forest Hills Station in Jamaica Plain through downtown Boston to Oak Grove in Malden, north of Boston.
The MBTA was not able to honor this commitment, and in the summer of 2002 opened the Silver Line in northern Roxbury, presenting it to the community as replacement service for the Elevated OrangeLine.
The Elevated OrangeLine was to be replaced by an eight-lane highway that would circle Boston's central district, connect with a federally funded interstate, and cut directly through Heart of the City communities.
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