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Brigham Circle is a station on the light rail MBTA Green Line "E" branch, located just east of Brigham Circle in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. With raised platforms installed in a 2002 renovation, the station is accessible when served by low-floor streetcars.

Brigham Circle
MBTA 3706 at Brigham Circle, September 2012.JPG
An inbound Green Line train at Brigham Circle in 2012
LocationHuntington Avenue at Francis Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°20′4.53″N 71°6′13.35″W / 42.3345917°N 71.1037083°W / 42.3345917; -71.1037083Coordinates: 42°20′4.53″N 71°6′13.35″W / 42.3345917°N 71.1037083°W / 42.3345917; -71.1037083
Owned byMassachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
ConnectionsBus transport MBTA Bus: 39, 66, MIS
Construction
Disabled accessYes
History
Rebuilt2003[1]
Traffic
Passengers (2013)2,547 (weekday average)[2]
Services
Preceding station MBTA.svg MBTA Following station
Fenwood Road Green Line Longwood Medical Area
toward Lechmere

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ServiceEdit

 
A streetcar at Brigham Circle station in 1943

The two side platforms are staggered, with the outbound platform further west. Crosswalks across Huntington Avenue to the station are present at Brigham Circle (to the outbound platform), between the two platforms, and at Wigglesworth Street (to the inbound platform). East of Brigham Circle, the "E" Branch runs in a dedicated reservation in the median of Huntington Avenue; west of the circle is street running in mixed traffic to the terminus at Heath Street. Because of this, service is often terminated at Brigham Circle due to traffic conditions to preserve service frequency on the remainder of the line. At these times, the parallel 39 bus provides all service west of Brigham Circle. A facing point crossover is located just east of the station, allowing terminating trains to cross over to the inbound platform.[2]

The station was made accessible with a renovation completed in 2003.[3][1]

As part of a series of service reductions due to a budget crisis, on July 1, 2012 the MBTA began terminating weekend service at Brigham Circle.[4] The cutback was unpopular with local residents, who considered it an unnecessary inconvenience.[5] On October 13, 2012, the cut was quietly reversed by reducing frequency on the branch slightly, thus allowing the same equipment to cover the full line at no additional cost.[6] This was made official with the December 29, 2012 timetable.[4]

Bus connectionsEdit

Several MBTA Bus routes connect at Brigham Circle. The 39 Forest Hills StationBack Bay Station via Huntington Avenue route parallels the radial "E" Branch, while the 66 Harvard Square - Dudley Station via Allston & Brookline Village route is a major circumferential connector. The private Mission Hill LINK circulator, run with partial MBTA subsidy, also serves Brigham Circle.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Subway Service". Ridership and Service Statistics. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. October 2003. p. 2.19 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ a b "Ridership and Service Statistics" (PDF) (14th ed.). Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. 2014.
  3. ^ "MBTA Short Notes" (PDF). TRANSreport. Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization. February 2003. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 16, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Belcher, Jonathan (27 December 2014). "Changes to Transit Service in the MBTA district" (PDF). NETransit. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  5. ^ Fox, Jeremy (30 June 2012). "Loss of weekend E train service worries riders". Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  6. ^ Rocheleau, Matt (28 December 2012). "MBTA reinstates weekend trolley service for entire E branch of the Green Line". Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 February 2015.

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