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Encyclopedia > Middlesex and Boston Street Railway

The Middlesex and Boston Street Railway (M&B) was a streetcar and later bus company in the area west of Boston, Massachusetts. Streetcars last ran in 1930, and in 1972 the company's operations were merged into the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). 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. ... The Bus, established by Mayor Frank Fasi, is Honolulus only public transit system. ... Boston is the capital of and the largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. ... 1930 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... 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. ...

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History

The company was first chartered as the Natick Electric Street Railway on August 10, 1891. The name was changed to the South Middlesex Street Railway in 1893. That company went bankrupt and a receiver was appointed May 6, 1903; the property was sold on August 15, 1907 to the newly-formed Middlesex and Boston Street Railway. By 1910, Boston Suburban Electric Companies, a holding company, had bought the M&B. August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1891 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1893 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their creditors. ... May 6 is the 126th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (127th in leap years). ... 1903 has the latest occurring solstices and equinoxes for 400 years, because the Gregorian calendar hasnt had a leap year for seven years or a century leap year since 1600. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1907 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1910 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors. ...


In September 1964 the MBTA began subsidizing the M&B, and route numbers were given to its buses. The M&B was taken over by the MBTA on July 5, 1972, after a financial dispute over subsidies stopped service June 30. The taken over routes were renumbered by adding a 5 to the beginning, and have since been renumbered in September 1982 and some in 1996. September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 184 days remaining, as the last day in June. ... September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days. ... 1982 is a number and represents a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar Events January-February January 6 - William Bonin is convicted of being the freeway killer. January 8 - AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions January 11 - Mark Thatcher, son of the British... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Former streetcar lines

Auburndale-Lake Street via Commonwealth Avenue

The Commonwealth Avenue Street Railway, opened in 1895, was consolidated into the Newton Street Railway on January 1, 1904; the Newton Street Railway was merged with the M&B July 1, 1909. This line ran down the median of the whole length of Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, from Norumbega Park at the west end (on the banks of the Charles River) to a connection with the Boston Elevated Railway's Commonwealth Avenue line at Lake Street at the east end (now Boston College at the end of the Green Line B branch). 1895 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1904 is a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1909 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... On an expressway, motorway, or autobahn, the median (North American English) or central reservation (British English) is the strip of grass or the wall which separates opposing lanes of traffic. ... Charles River in Cambridge The Charles River is a Massachusetts river that separates Boston from Cambridge and Charlestown. ... By 1925, streetcars were gone from most downtown streets. ... The Boston College stop is the western terminus of the MBTA Green Line B branch. ... The Green Line is one of the four MBTA subway lines in the Boston, Massachusetts metro area. ...


Norumbega Park, opened on June 17, 1897, was an amusement park built by the street railway company to increase traffic on the line. The park closed in 1964, long after the streetcar line, and M&B's last one, was bustituted in 1930.[1] (http://greisnet.com/needhist.nsf/VikingsontheCharles?OpenPage) June 17 is the 168th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (169th in leap years), with 197 days remaining. ... 1897 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Six Flags New England, an amusement park in Springfield, Massachusetts. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Bustitution is sometimes used to name the practice of replacing train service, whether street railways (light rail or tram/streetcar systems) or full-size railway systems, with a bus service, either on a temporary or permanent basis. ... 1930 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ...


In its final days, this was the 35 Auburndale-Lake Street bus route, until taken over by the MBTA, when it became the 535 Auburndale-Boston College via Commonwealth Avenue. It was not actually picked up by the MBTA in July 1972, when they took over the M&B, but was restarted as a rush-hour only service in January 1973, and discontinued in June 1976. July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Bedford-Lowell

Bedford-Concord

Lexington-Woburn

[2] (http://home.gwi.net/trolley/collection/newengland/41.html)


Needham-Watertown

See Newton and Boston Street Railway

Newton and Boston Street Railway trolley car The Newton and Boston Street Railway was a streetcar company in the Boston, Massachusetts area, eventually bought by the Middlesex and Boston Street Railway. ...

Newton Corner-Central Square Waltham

Newton Corner-Riverside

27 Newton Corner-Riverside via Auburndale and Central Square Waltham


Waltham Center-Lexington Center

25 Waltham Center-Lexington Center via Lexington Street


Waltham-Newton

The Waltham and Newton Street Railway was chartered on July 13, 1866, and began service on August 31, 1868. Its tracks ran from the split between Pleasant Street and Main Street, west of Waltham center, via Main Street, Moody Street, Crescent Street and Moody Street to the Newton line, then via Lexington Street, River Street, Elm Street and Washington Street to end at Highland Street in West Newton. July 13th is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... 1866 is a common year starting on Monday. ... August 31 is the 243rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (244th in leap years), with 122 days remaining, as the final day of August. ... 1868 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1889 the Newton Street Railway bought the line, and the Newton Street Railway was merged with the M&B July 1, 1909. It later (by 1964) became much of the 20 Newton Corner-Riverside via Roberts and Central Square Waltham bus line, with the 27 Newton Corner-Riverside via Auburndale and Central Square Waltham using much of Crescent Street (the 20 went straight through on Moody Street). This is now the 553 Roberts-Downtown Boston via Newton Corner and Central Square Waltham, with Crescent Street served by the 558 Riverside-Downtown Boston via Auburndale, Central Square Waltham and Newton Corner. 1889 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1909 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Watertown Square-Waltham

23 Watertown Square - Stow & Main Street Waltham


Wayland-South Natick

36 Wayland-South Natick


References

  • Railroad History Database (http://www.earlpleasants.com/search_1.asp)
  • Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district (http://members.aol.com/eddanamta/busfiles/contents.pdf) (PDF)
  • Transit Systems in Massachusetts (http://hometown.aol.com/chirailfan/ztransma.html)
  • Kenneth W. Newcomb, The Makers of the Mold (http://www.channel1.com/users/hemlock/MakersTransportation.htm)
  • Auburndale Community Association - Norumbega Park (http://users.rcn.com/copley.ma.ultranet/aca/norumbega/norumbega.html)

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The Middlesex and Boston Street Railway (MandB) was a streetcar and later bus company in the area west of Boston, Massachusetts.
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