Tufts Medical Center (MBTA station)

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TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER
TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER
Tufts Medical Center platforms.JPG
Tufts Medical Center station viewed from the mezzanine, looking outbound
Station statistics
Address750 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°20′55″N 71°03′52″W / 42.3486°N 71.0645°W / 42.3486; -71.0645Coordinates: 42°20′55″N 71°03′52″W / 42.3486°N 71.0645°W / 42.3486; -71.0645
Line(s)
  Silver Line SL4, SL5
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedMay 4, 1987 (Orange Line)
July 30, 2002 (Silver Line)
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Owned byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
FormerlyNew England Medical Center
(1987-2010)
Traffic
Passengers (2009 daily)5,684 (Orange Line)[1]
Services
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
toward Forest Hills
Orange Line
toward Oak Grove
Silver Line
One-way operation
Silver Line
One-way operation
Location
Tufts Medical Center (MBTA station) is located in Boston
 
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TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER
TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER
Tufts Medical Center platforms.JPG
Tufts Medical Center station viewed from the mezzanine, looking outbound
Station statistics
Address750 Washington Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°20′55″N 71°03′52″W / 42.3486°N 71.0645°W / 42.3486; -71.0645Coordinates: 42°20′55″N 71°03′52″W / 42.3486°N 71.0645°W / 42.3486; -71.0645
Line(s)
  Silver Line SL4, SL5
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Other information
OpenedMay 4, 1987 (Orange Line)
July 30, 2002 (Silver Line)
AccessibleHandicapped/disabled access
Owned byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
FormerlyNew England Medical Center
(1987-2010)
Traffic
Passengers (2009 daily)5,684 (Orange Line)[1]
Services
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
toward Forest Hills
Orange Line
toward Oak Grove
Silver Line
One-way operation
Silver Line
One-way operation
Location
Tufts Medical Center (MBTA station) is located in Boston

Tufts Medical Center (formerly New England Medical Center) is an MBTA rapid transit station located along Boston's Orange Line subway and Silver Line bus rapid transit system. It is named for the Tufts Medical Center and is built under a wing of the facility that crosses over Washington Street in downtown Boston between Kneeland Street in Chinatown and the Massachusetts Turnpike. The underground Orange Line station consists of two platforms serving the line's two tracks, while Silver Line buses stop along the sidewalks on the surface next to the station entrances. Like all Orange Line stations, Tufts Medical Center is fully wheelchair accessible.

History[edit]

Silver Line buses to Downtown Crossing and South Station at Tufts Medical Center station in 2012

The structural shell of the station was built along with the rest of the South Cove Tunnel around 1968 during what were to be the early stages of the abandoned Interstate 695 project, in anticipation of the future relocation of the Washington Street Elevated.[2] However, I-695 was cancelled due to local opposition, and the Elevated remained in service for another 19 years, so the station remained as an empty shell. Construction began again in 1979 due to a different cancelled highway project; plans for I-95 to be extended into downtown fell through, and the Southwest Corridor right-of-way was converted to house commuter rail and the Orange Line instead. New England Medical Center station opened on May 4, 1987, along with eight other stations from Back Bay to Forest Hills.[2]

Silver Line service on Washington Street between Dudley and Downtown Crossing started on July 20, 2002. Additional service to South Station (now signed SL4) began on October 15, 2009.[2]

The station was renamed to Tufts Medical Center on March 19, 2010 after the New England Medical Center similarly changed its name.[2]


Artwork[edit]

Around 1990, modern artwork was added to the station as part of the Arts on the Line program. Four abstract works, titled "Caravan", are displayed beside each of the two escalators to the train platforms.[3] They consist of painted aluminum shapes designed by Richard Gubernick, who also has artwork displayed in LaSalle Station in Buffalo, New York.

At each station between Forest Hills and Tufts Medical Center, two granite columns near the outside entrance have been inscribed with text. Those at Tufts are "Mr. Yee is in the Garden" by Maria Gordett and "The Great World Transformed" by Gish Jen.[3]

Bus connections[edit]

Tufts Medical Center serves both routes of the Washington Street section of the Silver Line, which operates between downtown and Dudley. The SL4 section serves South Station, while the SL5 section serves Downtown Crossing and Boylston. The station also sees conventional bus service from the 11 City Point - Downtown via Bayview and 43 Ruggles Station - Park Street & Tremont Street via Tremont Street routes.

Station layout[edit]

GStreet levelExit, Silver Line platforms
L1
Concourse
LobbyCustomer Service, Shops, Vending machines, ATMs
L2
Platforms
Side platform, Doors will open on the right
SouthboundOrange Line toward Forest Hills (Back Bay)
Northbound Orange Line toward Oak Grove (Chinatown)
Side platform, Doors will open on the right

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ridership and Service Statistics". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Belcher, Jonathan (31 December 2011). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "On the Orange Line". Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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