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Encyclopedia > South Station (MBTA)
South Station front entrance.
Boston South Station
Address 2 South Station
Boston, Massachusetts
Amtrak lines Acela Express - Lake Shore Limited - Regional
Other service MBTA Red Line/Silver Line, bus routes and commuter rail
Owned by MBTA
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South Station, located at Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street, in Boston, Massachusetts is a major transportation hub. Its facilities include:

South Station opened on January 1, 1899. It underwent a complete renovation in 1985. An intercity bus terminal was added around 2001, replacing one on top of the Central Artery tunnel between Summer Street and Congress Street.

Note: Several MBTA commuter rail lines plus Amtrak's Downeaster service to Maine originate from North Station, about 1-1/4 miles around the Boston penninsula from South Station. No direct link exists between the two stations although MBTA subway connections exist; see MBTA Commuter Rail and North-South Rail Link .


  • Boston South Postal Annex, with a post office that is almost never closed (there is a passage way to it at the foot of Track 13).
  • Boston's financial district including the Federal Reserve Bank Building.
  • the Children's Museum.
  • Rowes Wharf ferry terminal.
  • the Boston Convention Center, about a 10 minute walk, or you can take the Silver Line to the World Trade Center stop.


  • 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.
  • 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. See MBTA accessibility.

External links

  • Amtrak - Boston South Station (http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Station/Station_Page&c=am2Station&cid=1080080550772&ssid=93)
  MBTA Red Line  
towards Alewife
via Downtown Crossing
South Station outbound towards Ashmont/Braintree
via Broadway



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