Downtown Crossing (MBTA station)

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DOWNTOWN CROSSING
DOWNTOWN CROSSING
DOWNTOWN CROSSING
Southbound Orange Line train at DTX.JPG
A southbound Orange Line train at Downtown Crossing
Station statistics
AddressCorner of Summer and Washington or Chauncy Streets
Downtown Boston
Coordinates42°21′20″N 71°03′38″W / 42.3555°N 71.0605°W / 42.3555; -71.0605Coordinates: 42°21′20″N 71°03′38″W / 42.3555°N 71.0605°W / 42.3555; -71.0605
Lines
Connections
Levels2
Platforms2 side platforms (on each level)
Tracks2 (on each underground level)
Other information
OpenedNovember 30, 1908 (Orange Line)
April 4, 1915 (Red Line)
July 24, 2002 (Silver Line)
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Owned byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
FormerlyWashington (Red Line)
Winter–Summer (Orange Line)
Traffic
Passengers (2009)22,880 (weekday average boardings)[1]
Services
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
toward Forest Hills
Orange Line
toward Oak Grove
toward Alewife
Red Line
toward Ashmont or Braintree
Silver LineTerminus
One-way operation
  Connecting lines  
Green Line
Transfer at: Park Street
Terminus
toward Riverside
Green Line
Transfer at: Park Street
Green Line
Transfer at: Park Street
toward Heath Street
Green Line
Transfer at: Park Street
toward Lechmere
Location
Downtown Crossing (MBTA station) is located in Boston
 
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DOWNTOWN CROSSING
DOWNTOWN CROSSING
DOWNTOWN CROSSING
Southbound Orange Line train at DTX.JPG
A southbound Orange Line train at Downtown Crossing
Station statistics
AddressCorner of Summer and Washington or Chauncy Streets
Downtown Boston
Coordinates42°21′20″N 71°03′38″W / 42.3555°N 71.0605°W / 42.3555; -71.0605Coordinates: 42°21′20″N 71°03′38″W / 42.3555°N 71.0605°W / 42.3555; -71.0605
Lines
Connections
Levels2
Platforms2 side platforms (on each level)
Tracks2 (on each underground level)
Other information
OpenedNovember 30, 1908 (Orange Line)
April 4, 1915 (Red Line)
July 24, 2002 (Silver Line)
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Owned byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
FormerlyWashington (Red Line)
Winter–Summer (Orange Line)
Traffic
Passengers (2009)22,880 (weekday average boardings)[1]
Services
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
toward Forest Hills
Orange Line
toward Oak Grove
toward Alewife
Red Line
toward Ashmont or Braintree
Silver LineTerminus
One-way operation
  Connecting lines  
Green Line
Transfer at: Park Street
Terminus
toward Riverside
Green Line
Transfer at: Park Street
Green Line
Transfer at: Park Street
toward Heath Street
Green Line
Transfer at: Park Street
toward Lechmere
Location
Downtown Crossing (MBTA station) is located in Boston

Downtown Crossing station of the MBTA is located between the corner of Washington Street and Summer Street, and the corner of Chauncy Street and Summer Street in Boston. It is the main transfer point between the Orange Line and the Red Line, and is named after Downtown Crossing, the shopping area above the station.

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History [edit]

Red Line platforms (formerly "Washington") at Downtown Crossing

The current, upper-level Orange Line station was opened on November 30, 1908, along with the rest of the Washington Street Tunnel. Originally, the northbound and southbound platforms had different names; the northbound was named "Summer" and the southbound was named "Winter". The lower level Red Line platforms were added in 1915, and were originally named "Washington".

In order to simplify system maps and decrease confusion, the MBTA renamed the entire station (both Orange and Red Line levels) as "Washington" in 1967. In 1985, the name was changed again, to "Downtown Crossing". Originally, the Orange Line level had an underground concourse with several direct access points to basement entrances of various stores in the district, such as Jordan Marsh (now Macy's) and the former Filene's department store. Both levels of the station were substantially renovated and accessibility was improved in the mid-1980s.

In 1979, the Winter Street Concourse was opened, connecting the upper level of Downtown Crossing station to the upper level of Park Street station two blocks away, utilizing an existing but previously unfinished tunnel.

Facilities [edit]

Attractions [edit]

Bus connections [edit]

A number of MBTA bus routes have Downtown Crossing station as their downtown terminus. These include routes running to Charlestown and the North Shore region as well as express buses which run via the Massachusetts Turnpike.

#7 (a local route) and #448 (a longer commuter route) buses at the corner of Summer and Otis streets at Downtown Crossing

Accessibility [edit]

Entrance/Exit on Temple Place to the Downtown Crossing Orange Line station.

All platforms are accessible by elevator. The surface entrance is through the lobby entrance to the 101 Arch Street Building, on Summer Street between Washington Street and Chauncy Street. After business hours, an attendant must be buzzed on an intercom to unlock the door. Signs indicate the way to the elevator down to the fare mezzanine level. There is a similar secured door on the mezzanine level in the middle of the platform, between the fare gate entrance to Orange Line northbound and the Chauncy Street fare gates.

Beyond the Chauncy Street fare gates are two elevators:

There is an elevator between a kiosk on the triangle formed when Franklin Street was relocated to meet Bromfield Street at Washington Street, and the fare gate entrance at the front of the Orange Line northbound platform.[4] The bus stop for destinations north of the station is across Franklin Street.

There is an elevator between Washington Street and the fare gate entrance at the rear of the Orange Line southbound platform.[5]

There is an elevator between the rear of the Orange Line northbound platform and rear of the Outbound (Ashmont/Braintree) Red Line platform.[6]

The Orange Line southbound platform is accessed through the Winter Street Concourse from Park Street station.[6]

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