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Encyclopedia > South Station (Boston)

Boston South Station
Address 2 South Station
Summer St. and Atlantic Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
Amtrak routes Acela Express - Lake Shore Limited - Regional
Other service MBTA Red Line/Silver Line, bus routes and commuter rail
Amtrak code BOS Owned by MBTA
  • Maps and aerial photos Coordinates: 42.35181° -71.05593°
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South Station, located at Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street, in the U.S. city of Boston, Massachusetts, is a major intermodal transportation hub. Its facilities include: Download high resolution version (1280x960, 603 KB)South Station (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority), Boston. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Solar System), Athens of America Location Location in Massachusetts Government Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Geographical characteristics Area     City 232. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida Amtrak’s high-speed Acela Express at Penn Station New York, NY For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... At Union Station (Washington, D.C.) Acela Express (often called simply Acela, leading to early confusion with the Acela Regional and Acela Commuter) is the name used by Amtrak for the high-speed tilting train service operating between Washington, D.C. and Boston via New York City and Philadelphia along... The Lake Shore Limited is a train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States on routes formally traveled by the famed 20th Century Limited. ... Regional is Amtraks service between Newport News, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [1] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... View of Boston from the Red Line An MBTA Red Line train leaving Charles/MGH station bound for Alewife. ... Map The Silver Line is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys (MBTAs) sole Bus Rapid Transit 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. ... The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [1] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically); large version (pdf) The geographic (earth-mapping) coordinate system expresses every horizontal position on Earth by two of the three coordinates of a spherical coordinate system which is aligned with the spin axis of the Earth. ... ... Boston is a town and small port c. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... One of the challenges of intermodal transport is changing between modes. ...

Several MBTA commuter rail lines plus Amtrak's Downeaster service to Maine originate from North Station, about 1¼ miles (2 km) around the Boston peninsula from South Station. No direct rail link exists between the two stations, although MBTA bus subway connections exist; see MBTA Commuter Rail and North-South Rail Link. Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida Amtrak’s high-speed Acela Express at Penn Station New York, NY For other uses, see Amtrak (disambiguation). ... Most of the NEC is owned by Amtrak (those sections shown in red). ... At Union Station (Washington, D.C.) Acela Express (often called simply Acela, leading to early confusion with the Acela Regional and Acela Commuter) is the name used by Amtrak for the high-speed tilting train service operating between Washington, D.C. and Boston via New York City and Philadelphia along... Regional is Amtraks service between Newport News, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... The Lake Shore Limited is a train route operated by Amtrak in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States on routes formally traveled by the famed 20th Century Limited. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [1] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... View of Boston from the Red Line An MBTA Red Line train leaving Charles/MGH station bound for Alewife. ... Map The Silver Line is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys (MBTAs) sole Bus Rapid Transit 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. ... FAA diagram of Logan Airport Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the 20 busiest airports in the U.S., with 22 million passengers a year using its 43 airlines. ... The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is the largest exhibition center in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States, with some 516,000 square feet (48,000 m²) of contiguous exhibition space. ... The term public art properly refers to works of art in any media that has been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the public domain, usually outside and accessable to all. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Knuckle (AAR Type E) couplers in use. ... Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 70 kPa Hydrogen ~86% Helium ~14% Methane 0. ... Outside the Museum of Science, August 2005 The Museum of Science is a Boston landmark, located in Science Park, a plot of land spanning the Charles River. ... Jupiter at South Station, part of Museum of Science, Boston scale model Solar system models, especially mechanical models, called orreries, that illustrate the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons in the solar system have been built for centuries. ... The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... A Downeaster locomotive The Downeaster is a passenger railway line operated by Amtrak, connecting North Station in Boston, Massachusetts to Portland, Maine. ... Official language(s) None Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 39th 33,414 sq mi  86,542 km² 190 miles  305 km 320 miles  515 km 13. ... Platforms at North Station North Station, located at Causeway and Nashua Streets, in Boston, Massachusetts is a major transportation hub. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [1] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ... The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... The North-South Rail Link is a plan for a passenger railroad tunnel in Boston, Massachusetts to connect South Station to North Station. ...

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Bus terminal

The South Station bus terminal is housed in a separate building along Atlantic Avenue, built over the train platforms, and serves several bus companies and destinations:

  • Platform A1: C&J Trailways
  • Platform B1: Concord Trailways Maine departures
  • Gates 1–2: Concord Trailways New Hampshire departures
  • Gates 3–7: Greyhound Lines
  • Gates 8–10: Vermont Transit
  • Gates 14–17: Bonanza
  • Gates 18–22: Peter Pan Trailways

The Concord Trailways ticket counter also sells tickets for Dartmouth Coach and C&J Trailways. Greyhound Lines is the largest intercity common carrier of passengers by bus in North America, serving 2200 destinations in the United States. ... Peter Pan Bus Lines is a long-distance bus carrier that operates in the northeastern states of the United States. ...

Red Line
Image:Accessible.png Alewife
Image:Accessible.png Davis
Image:Accessible.png Porter
Image:Accessible.png Harvard
Image:Accessible.png Central
Image:Accessible.png Kendall/MIT
Charles/MGH
Image:Accessible.png Park Street
Image:Accessible.png Downtown Crossing
Image:Accessible.png South Station
Image:Accessible.png Broadway
Image:Accessible.png Andrew
Image:Accessible.png JFK/UMass
Image:Accessible.png Savin Hill
Fields Corner
Shawmut
Image:Accessible.png Ashmont
High Speed Line to
Image:Accessible.png Mattapan
Image:Accessible.png North Quincy
Wollaston
Image:Accessible.png Quincy Center
Image:Accessible.png Quincy Adams
Image:Accessible.png Braintree

In addition, busses operated by Fung Wah and Lucky Star depart from here. View of Boston from the Red Line An MBTA Red Line train leaving Charles/MGH station bound for Alewife. ... 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. ... 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... 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. ... Davis Station is located at the intersection of Holland Street, Elm Street, and College Avenue (Davis Square), in Somerville. ... 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... Davis Station is located at the intersection of Holland Street, Elm Street, and College Avenue (Davis Square), in Somerville. ... Porter Station, Inbound Platform, January 2005 Porter Station is a railroad station in Cambridge, 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... Porter Station, Inbound Platform, January 2005 Porter Station is a railroad station in Cambridge, 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... Porter Station, Inbound Platform, January 2005 Porter Station is a railroad station in Cambridge, 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... Harvard Station, September 2004 Harvard is a station on the Red Line subway at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Brattle Street in Cambridge, 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... Central Station is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Western Avenue, Prospect Street, and Magazine Street (Central Square), in Cambridge, MA. Its facilities include: a station on the Boston subways Red Line a street-level bus terminal for local routes // Attractions MIT, about a 12-minute walk... 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... Kendall/MIT Station, Fall 2004 Kendall/MIT Station is located in Kendall Square at the intersection of Broadway and Main Street, in Cambridge. ... 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... Charles/MGH Station, December 2004 Charles/MGH Station is located at the intersection of Cambridge Street and Charles Street, in Boston, 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... 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... 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. ... 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... 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... 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. ... 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... 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... Broadway is a station on the Red Line subway at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Broadway in South Boston, Massachusetts. ... 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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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... JFK/UMass Station is located at the intersection of Columbia Road and Morrissey Boulevard, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. ... 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Original configuration, with streetcar loop (later bus loop) and separate busway Fields Corner is a station on the rapid transit Red Line at Fields Corner in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It opened on November 5, 1927, serving as the south end of the line for about a year. ... 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... 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... I add the following in case the above is ineffective or incompletely effective. ... 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. ... 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North Quincy is a station on the Red Line subway at East Squantum Street between Hancock Street and Newport Avenue in Quincy, Massachusetts, and serves North Quincy High School, the State Street Bank complex, and the Atlantic and Montclair neighborhoods. ... 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... Wollaston is a station on the Red Line subway at the intersection of Beale Street and Newport Avenue in Quincy, Massachusetts. ... 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History

South Station is over 105 years old.


Pre-opening

When the railroads serving Boston were first laid out and built, each one stopped at its own terminal. The four terminals serving the south-side railroads were as follows:

  • The New York and New England Railroad crossed the Fort Point Channel from South Boston, just south of the present Summer Street Bridge, and terminated just east of Dewey Square (right at the north end of today's South Station).
  • The Old Colony Railroad had a long passenger terminal on the east side of South Street, stretching from Kneeland Street south to Harvard Street. This site is now part of the South Bay Interchange, near the South Station bus terminal.
  • The Boston and Albany Railroad's passenger terminal was in the block bounded by Kneeland Street, Beach Street, Albany Street (now Surface Artery) and Lincoln Street. This later became a freight house, and is now a block in Chinatown; the passenger terminal was moved to the west side of Utica Street, from Kneeland Street south to a bit past Harvard Street, now part of the South Bay Interchange.
  • The Boston and Providence Railroad continued straight where it now merges with the Boston and Albany, terminating at Park Square, with the passenger terminal on the south side of Providence Street from Columbus Avenue west about 2/3 of the way to Berkeley Street.

South Station combined the four terminals in one spot (a union station.) The New England Railroad was the final name for a railroad system connecting New York state with Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts and other parts of New England before its 1898 lease by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. ... Fort Point Channel is a channel separating South Boston from downtown Boston, Massachusetts, feeding into Boston Harbor. ... South Boston is a heavily populated neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, located south of the Fort Point Channel and abutting Dorchester Bay. ... Dewey Square is a square in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Old Colony Railroad connected the South Shore and Cape Cod with Boston, Massachusetts. ... The Boston and Albany Railroad ( AAR reporting mark BA) was a railroad connecting Boston, Massachusetts to Albany, New York. ... Bostons Chinatown 42. ... The Attleboro/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 Railroad, and now carries service during the week between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, and weekend service to South Attleboro. ... A union station or union terminal is a train station where tracks and facilities are shared by two or more railway companies, allowing passengers to connect conveniently between them. ...


Opening and beyond

A view of the Atlantic Avenue Elevated in front of South Station; the elevated station was at far right
A view of the Atlantic Avenue Elevated in front of South Station; the elevated station was at far right

South Station opened as South Union Station on January 1, 1899 at a cost of $3.6 million (1899 dollars). It became the busiest station in the country by 1910. A station on the Atlantic Avenue Elevated served the station from 1901 to 1938; what is now the Red Line subway was extended from Park Street to South Station in 1913. The train shed was replaced in a 1930 renovation. While the station handled 125,000 passengers each day during World War II, after the war passenger rail declined in the U.S. In 1959, the Old Colony Railroad, which served the South Shore and Cape Cod, stopped passenger service. The New Haven Railroad went bankrupt in 1961. South Station was sold to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in 1965. Portions of the station were demolished and the land was used to build the Boston South Postal Annex and the Stone and Webster building. Image File history File links Bostons South Station, from [1], early 1900s. ... Image File history File links Bostons South Station, from [1], early 1900s. ... 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... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian 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... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 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. ... 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Combatants Allies: Soviet Union, United Kingdom, France/Free France, United States, Canada, China, India, Australia, Poland, New Zealand, South Africa, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria, Finland, Romania, Hungary, Burma Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Old Colony Railroad connected the South Shore and Cape Cod with Boston, Massachusetts. ... Astronaut photo of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay Cape Cod (1033 km²) is an arm-shaped peninsula forming the Easternmost portion of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the Northeastern United States. ... The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (AAR reporting mark: NH) was a railroad that operated in the northeast United States. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...

Looking north at the merge of the two approaches, with the two pairs of tracks approaching the lower-level loop at right; the terminal is in the background
Looking north at the merge of the two approaches, with the two pairs of tracks approaching the lower-level loop at right; the terminal is in the background
The never-used lower-level loop platforms
The never-used lower-level loop platforms

In the original configuration, two tracks came off each approach to join into a four-track line and then run under the main platforms in a two-track loop. These tracks were never put into service, and later became a parking lot and bowling alley for employees.[1] Image File history File links South Station in Boston, c. ... Image File history File links South Station in Boston, c. ... Image File history File links Unused lower level loop tracks at Bostons South Station, from [1], shortly after opening in 1899. ... Image File history File links Unused lower level loop tracks at Bostons South Station, from [1], shortly after opening in 1899. ... Parking lot showing diagonal parking pattern designed for one-way traffic. ... Bowling is the common name for several sports that involve rolling a ball towards a target or to knock down pins. ...


In 1978, the BRA sold what was left of the station, now on the National Register of Historic Places, to the MBTA, though the BRA retained air rights over the station. Funding was obtained for a major renovation of the station that was completed in 1989. A total of 13 tracks became available, all with high level platforms and some capable of handling 12 car trains. Piers were installed for the eventual construction of an office building and bus station above the tracks. After some delays, an inter-city bus terminal opened in October 1995, replacing one on top of the I-93 Dewey Square Tunnel diagonally across from the station between Summer Street and Congress Street. The new bus terminal has been called “the best bus facility in the country” and has direct ramp connections to I-93 and the Massachusetts Turnpike. The renovations, including the bus terminal, cost $195 million (2001 dollars). 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... The National Register of Historic Places is the USAs official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects worthy of preservation. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Interstate 93 is an interstate highway in the New England section of the United States. ... The Dewey Square Tunnel in Boston, Massachusetts, is part of Interstate 93, running under the heart of the citys financial district. ... View of the Turnpike from an overpass by Boston University, facing east (towards central Boston). ...


The Red Line subway platforms were extended to allow 6 car trains in 1985 and renovated again in 2005, as part of the Silver Line Phase 2 project.

Amtrak and Commuter Rail trains at South Station; the two share platforms. Behind is the long-distance bus terminal.
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Amtrak and Commuter Rail trains at South Station; the two share platforms. Behind is the long-distance bus terminal.

Image File history File links Rail platforms, South Station, c 2005 Joseph Barillari File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Rail platforms, South Station, c 2005 Joseph Barillari File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...

Ridership

Ridership has grown considerably, in part due to the reopening of Old Colony commuter rail service and the electrification of the Amtrak Northeast Corridor from New Haven to Boston, which allowed high speed Acela service. Overhead wire in Coventry, England Overhead wire and its suspension system in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA A railway electrification system is a way of supplying electric power to electric locomotives and multiple units. ...


South Station Ridership (passengers/year)

Service 1975 1990 2001
Intercity rail 537,000 839,000 1,060,000
Commuter rail 2,774,000 12,000,000 18,000,000
Intercity Bus n/a n/a 3,000,000

Future

Planned system improvements should result in additional passenger traffic. Construction is underway on a commuter rail line to Greenbush that would terminate at South Station. Silver Line Phase 3 would build a tunnel connecting South Station with the Silver Line Phase I BRT service to Dudley Square, Roxbury. Current plans also include commuter rail service to T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island and, possibly, to Fall River and New Bedford Massachusetts. Plans are progressing to construct a 40-story mixed-use (office, hotel and residential) tower above the track platforms, starting in 2007. The tower proposal includes privately-funded improvement to the terminal that would better connect the train and bus stations and increase capacity. A relocation of the adjacent Boston South Postal Annex might allow additional expansion. Roxbury is a neighborhood within Boston, Massachusetts. ... T. F. Green Airport is an airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, near Providence. ... Official language(s) None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214 sq mi (3,144 km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... Settled: 1656 â€“ Incorporated: 1803 Zip Code(s): 02720-02724 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ... Nickname: The Whaling City Settled: 1640 â€“ Incorporated: 1787 Zip Code(s): 02740 â€“ Area Code(s): 508 / 774 Official website: http://www. ...


Attractions

View of the Federal Reserve Bank Building, Boston The Federal Reserve Bank Building is Bostons third-tallest building. ... The Boston Childrens Museum is a museum in Boston, Massachusetts dedicated to the education of children. ... The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is the largest exhibition center in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States, with some 516,000 square feet (48,000 m²) of contiguous exhibition space. ... Bostons Chinatown 42. ... Tufts University is a private university located in Medford, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. ...

Accessibility

  • South Station is wheelchair accessible, but finding the elevator to the subway can be a bit tricky - it's in the corridor behind the information booth. Additionally, there is an elevator directly out the Dewey Square exit, but this one is generally locked.
  • Other Amtrak stations on the Northeast Corridor are generally accessible.
  • Some MBTA commuter rail stations have no wheelchair access and many of those that do have short elevated platforms that only serve one or two cars, on the outbound end of the train. See MBTA 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. ...

References

A sample Sanborn Map from 1867 Sanborn Maps were originally created for assessing fire insurance liability in urbanized areas in the United States. ...

External links

  • Amtrak - Boston South Station
  • French & Fowler, The Renovation of Boston’s South Station, 2003
  • Proposed South Station office tower
  • South Station web site, with event listings
  MBTA Silver Line  
  South Station outbound towards Silver Line Way& Logan Airport
via Courthouse

 
 

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